We’re all busy, and sometimes making changes to reduce our personal energy use sounds like a lot of time we don’t have to spend. But after a little digging, we found fifteen ways that every home can reduce it’s energy use and each one takes less than a minute! How’s that for time (and energy) efficiency?
- Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.
- During the heating season, keep window coverings on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- If you have a heat pump, don’t set back its thermostat manually if it causes the electric resistance heating to come on. This type of heating, which is often used as a backup to the heat pump, is more expensive.
- Clean or change air filters once every four to six weeks to keep your HVAC running efficiently.
- Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
- Buy ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs or LED light bulbs. They will save you about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime and reduce the cost to cool your home since they produce 75% less heat than incandescent bulbs.
- Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones from plates. Soaking or prewashing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.
- Set your sprinklers on a timer so they don’t run longer than needed.
- Purchase a water filter or boxed water instead of bottled to reduce plastic waste.
- Send your kids out to play in the sprinklers when they are already scheduled to be on.
- Open your windows at night when the weather is nice to keep your A/C from running.
- During the cooling season, keep window coverings on your south-facing widows closed during the hottest parts of the day to prevent extra heat from coming in.
- Unplug your chargers when they aren’t in use. Most chargers continue to draw electricity if they are plugged in.
- In the summer, grill instead of roasting meat and veggies to keep the house cool.
- And lastly, turn off the lights in a room as you leave.
Do you have any ideas of one-minute ways to save on energy costs at home? Comment below or leave a post on Facebook!