By Meghan Belnap
Energy bills are way too high, and unfortunately energy-saving methods, like solar panels and high-efficiency appliances, cost money, too. However, there are many ways to reduce energy expenses without spending anything. Here are five practical, energy-saving tips.
1. Unplug Devices and Keep Lights Off
The household appliances that tend to use the most energy are television sets, gaming consoles (such as Xbox and PlayStation) and desktop computers. Unplugging these when they are not in use will reduce your energy costs. Shutting lights off when not in use, and using natural light whenever possible, will also help.
2. Keep Your Vents Open and Clean
To make sure your air conditioning or heat does not go to waste, make sure all of your vents are open and clean. Fans do not change the air temperature, but they can maximize the effectiveness of your A/C or heater by moving the air throughout the house.
3. Don't Waste Water
To save on your electricity costs, you will want to make sure you don't have any leaking faucets or running toilets. If you spot any water-wasting problems in your home, an All About Plumbing expert recommends contacting a professional who can diagnosis and fix your running water issues, versus trying to fix the problem yourself.
4. Washing Machines
Use more cold water and less hot water. Load the washing machine with the right amount of clothes. If possible, air dry your clothing. If you do use a drier, leave it about 25 percent unfilled so that the clothing can move and dry faster. Depending on your power company, it may be cheaper to do your laundry in the evening after 8:00 p.m. You can call your power company to ask them if they offer discounts for certain times of the day.
For dishwashers, you will also want to use more cold water and less hot water. Make sure your dishwasher is stacked efficiently. Do not put cutting boards or plates up against the door. This can block the detergent from distributing around the dishwasher properly. Finally, it can save you water if you use a good detergent. Otherwise, you may end up washing some dishes again, which wastes more water.
There are many simple ways to save energy. The key is to be diligent and intentional about money-saving. If you are always thinking of ways to save energy, you'll remember to turn the light switches off and unplug appliances. Hopefully these pieces of practical advice help you in your journey to save energy and money.