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All the Lights Off… and many other ways to save energy at home

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When you save energy, you do not simply save money. You also help in contributing to the advocacy of helping Mother Earth heal itself by lowering the consumption and demand for fossil fuels like coal, oil,and natural gas. Less burning of these fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide that is the primary contributor in the growing global warming problem nowadays.

There are many alternative and efficient ways to save energy than simply turning off your lights. You will be surprised on how you can bring your energy use into a revolutionary scale that will not only help you build savings; it can help save the environment, too.

  1. Turning your refrigerator down

This appliance takes 20% of your total electricity consumption at home. Use a thermometer to set your refrigerator temperature close to 37 degrees and your freezer close to 3 degrees at all times if possible. Some refrigerators have energy saver switches. Be sure that this is turned on at all times.

  1. Set your clothes washer to warm or cold

Setting your washers from hot to cold or warm will help you save around 500 pounds of CO2 each year for every two loads of laundry done in a week in an electric water heater and 150 pounds a year for gas heaters.

  1. Always use your dishwashers at full load

Use the energy saving setting of your dishwashers and allow your dishes to air dry instead. Your drying cycle can also be done manually to save more energy.

  1. Select energy-efficient appliances

Get rid of all your appliances that are more than 5 or 10 years old. Look for new energy-efficient appliances that are easily available in the market nowadays. Investing in a solar water heater can save 4.9 tons of CO2 annually.

  1. Keep air filters clean

Clean and replace air filters as recommended by your ventilation brand. Energy can be lost in the air when air conditioners and hot-air furnaces have to work harder due to clogged and dirty air filters. Having clean air filters can help you save at least 5% of the energy that you use at home.

  1. Have energy compact fluorescent bulbs

Use this type of bulb for areas that require light most of the time. They may seem to be expensive at first but in the long run, it will only require ¼ of the energy of an ordinary incandescent bulb. It also lasts longer and can outlive ordinary bulbs by 8-12 times longer.

Savings from energy costs in your home is possible with the help of keen observation and awareness of the latest trends in technology and practical ideas that will keep your energy consumptions in check. You’ll be surprised on how much you’ll be saving from simple lifestyle and brand preferences for your home.



Catlyn or Cat, your DIY mom blogger at your service. Check out my blog to know more about me and my life as a DIY homemaker!

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