Yes, this is part 2. (Here’s part 1, in case you missed it!) There are so many ways for you to reduce energy use, we just couldn’t fit them all into one blog.
The first blog was about electricity, so are you going to write about other kinds of energy use?
Is your name Claire Voyant? This one is all about “other kinds of energy use.” Whether you use gas, oil, propane or (yes) electricity to heat or cool your home, you can reduce your energy use and costs.
But Early Bird Electric doesn’t deal with gas, oil, or propane, do you?
Nope, we do not. But, as we’ve written before, it’s always good to know stuff. While Early Bird isn’t going to fix your gas furnace, we’re the kind of business that thinks it’s a good idea to help everyone. It’s like when one of our electricians comes to repair something. Often, they’ll ask if you’re having any other electrical related problems. If you are, then they’ll check it for free. We like to help.
Anyway, let’s look at lots of valuable, common sense stuff that will help you save lots of energy… and money! Of course, no matter how easy these steps are, they’re worthless if you don’t follow them–so make sure you do! Make saving energy a habit, and you’ll be shocked by how easy it is to save a bundle every year.
Here’s a list of stuff you can do to reduce energy use:
- Be efficient when you set your thermostat. In the summer, set it between 77 and 80 °F. In the winter, set it between 64 and 68 °F.
- Use a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can keep your place cool during the day (saving energy), and automatically turn the temperature up before you get home. With some smart thermostats, you can control the temperature with your smartphone too. Smart thermostats also heat or cool your home more efficiently than regular thermostats. They even generate reports so you know how much energy you’re using.
- In the summer, keep heat out to keep things cool by closing curtains, blinds or drapes. In the winter, you heat your home when you keep ’em open and let the sun shine in.
- Use light, pale colors for your walls, ceilings, and floors. Instead of absorbing light, they reflect more light. You get more light for less. High-gloss paints are even better. Light, pale walls also don’t absorb heat, so your home will be cooler in the summer.
- Insulating your home will reduce energy use. If your home is not insulated, it traps more heat in the summer, and loses heat in the winter. Uninsulated homes force you to spend more energy on heating and air conditioning.
- Sealing gaps or cracks in your home can also reduce your heating and cooling bill. Energy efficient windows are a must in colder climates.
- Same with energy-efficient appliances. That Energy Star label means the appliance is 75% more energy efficient than other appliances. Using electronics with an Energy Star label can significantly reduce your energy consumption and bills.
- The most efficient temperature for your refrigerator is 38 to 42 °F. Your freezer should be 0 to 5 °F. If it has a power-save switch, use it and also make sure the door seals tightly.
- To make your oven energy efficient, be sure the seal on the door is tight. Open the door only when needed, otherwise you’re wasting heat.
- When you reheat small portions with your oven, you waste energy. Use your microwave instead.
- Your washing machine uses a lot of energy, be sure you use it efficiently. Using cold water can save you up to 50 cents per load, and it’ll clean your clothes just as effectively. Using the highest spin cycle will remove more moisture and reduce drying time. Front-loading washers save water and energy. Newer, high-efficiency washing machines save even more water and energy and use less detergent, to boot.
- You can save energy when using your dryer, too. Lint wastes energy, so be sure to clean the filter every time you use it. Drying heavy and light fabrics separately saves energy.
- Use less water by:
- limiting your shower time
- turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth
- washing only full loads of laundry or dishes
- avoiding pre-washing your dishes
- installing low-flush toilets and low-volume faucets
- limiting your use of sprinklers
- making sure all sprinkler water hits grassy areas, not sidewalks or parking lots
- Recycling can significantly reduce your energy consumption.
- Planting trees also reduces energy consumption. The shade can reduces how much air conditioning you need to cool your home.
So, there you go. If you actually follow these tips (and all the tips from part 1), you will reduce how much energy you use. You’ll save money and help the planet at the same time!
But, again, these tips are like a treadmill or stationary bike. They can really help if you use them, but they’re worthless if you don’t.
The general knowledge and advice in this blog is designed to give you a little background information about your electrical system and may not be complete or contain minor errors. Early Bird Electric is not responsible for any consequences if you attempt to fix your electrical problem using this information. It’s always a good idea to hire a local, licensed electrician like Early Bird Electric to safely and professionally handle the job.