You think you already know everything when it comes to saving energy at home, but most of the methods you know are just the tip of the iceberg. Read along for some not-so-obvious ways you can save conserve electricity.
As a homeowner, one of your main priorities is to manage your annual expenses and lower your energy bills by any significant amount. Now, you have probably heard about common energy-saving tips and have even applied them already. The good news is there are still more ways you can conserve electricity at home and lower your annual expenses even more.
Evaluate Newly-Bought Appliances
Every electronic appliance you buy has an Energy Guide label attached to it. Each time you buy a new machine, evaluate that machine’s energy consumption using the said label. Doing this will not directly save you energy, but it will give you an idea which appliances consume the most electricity and help you find ways to use them more efficiently. Among the appliances you should learn to be more efficient on are the refrigerator and the dishwasher, which can both consume a fifth of the electricity you use.
Watch Out for Energy Vampires
You are probably familiar with appliances and other electronic devices that continue to consume energy even when not in use. These are often referred to as “energy vampires.” Among the devices you should watch out for are occasionally-used machines and gadgets such as battery chargers, printers, and even electric fans. An excellent way to deal with such appliances is to use power strips that you can simply switch on and off.
Mind the Leaks
Leaks may seem insignificant, but even the smallest leak can be costly. Always check your water system, shower heads, toilets, and faucets for leaks. Also, save energy by setting your water temperature between 110 to 120 degrees. A simple task as this can help you save and conserve a lot of energy at home.
Call in the Professionals
One of the things a lot of homeowners don’t do that can help them reduce their energy expenses significantly is hiring a professional home energy auditor. These experts go into great detail in evaluating your home’s energy efficiency and give you tips on how you can make your home more energy efficient. Hiring a professional may cost you money, but the long-term benefit of doing so will far outweigh your initial expenses.
Consider Making a Switch
Another not-so-common method to save energy at home is switching energy suppliers. If you are living in a country like Australia, you have a lot of options in terms of gas and electricity companies. Simply switching to a cheaper supplier can help you cut your energy bill by up to 50 percent.