It does not take a lot of effort to save money on energy costs during the winter months. Keeping warm is often associated with higher energy bills, but when an overall energy savings approach to winter is taken, you will need less energy for heat and where you may increase on one energy source you may considerably decrease on another. Getting a new furnace can help you save money, you can get great furnaces from companies like HVAC Direct. With just a little thought energy costs can be reduced overall.
Here are 10 simple things to save energy this winter and all year round.
- Use your thermostat.
It sounds crazy but this is one of the easiest things to do. Thermostats are adjustable but some people have become lazy and put them up in winter and then down or off in summer. Set your thermostat as low as is comfortably possible and then when you go to sleep or are away from the house lower it a few degrees more. A sensible setting is about 67 degree Fahrenheit. There are many ways to control your thermostat, there is a simple manual method that any heating system can offer or there are programmable systems from simple timers to more complex programmable thermostats. Don’t be lazy, use your thermostat – don’t just keep it on warm and toasty when there is no need for it!
- Cover drafty areas
Drafts allow heat to escape or allow cold air in. Covering up those drafty areas will save you money. Blocking the gap under the door prevents heat from escaping and stops cold air coming into a room. The same goes with windows, cover any drafts coming from windows with a sheet of heavy duty clear plastic for the winter months – this can save a you a fortune and act like double glazing trapping for much needed warmth.
- Energy Saving Laundry
Washing clothes in a washing machine with cold water can save considerable energy use. Some modern detergents are often designed to work better at lower temperatures with energy saving in mind. Note: You may want to still use hot water for things liketowels, diapers, bed sheets, and when you having someone is under the weather in your household. Over the course of a year, this practice can reduce your energy consumption considerably.
- Change the light
Old light bulbs may give good light but they are tremendously inefficient and they have a relatively short lifespan. A great way to save energy this winter, because your lights are on for longer, is to switch your lights to energy efficient LEDs. Yes they are more expensive than the traditional light bulbs that many of us grew up with, but the investment in energy efficient LEDs , pays off fairly quickly due to the efficiency of the lighting and the lifespan
- Full Dishwasher only
Your dishwasher uses less water to wash your dishes than washing by hand, this has been proven. However, this efficiency is only attained with a full load! Waiting for a full load can improve the efficiency of a dishwasher by up to 80% and then to really maximize efficiency and save energy, air dry the dishes skipping the energy sapping drying cycle.
- Shower and Bathe Better
Many people love a super-hot shower or bath but the crazy but thing is we never use the full heat and thus mix cold water with the hot to make it comfortable. This is madness, heating water to piping hot only to cool it down? Instead, lower the setting of your water heater, instead of 140 or 160 Fahrenheit lower it to 115 or 120 Fahrenheit. The savings could be substantial over time. In warmer months, maybe reduce it a little further.
- Unplug appliances
Those little LEDs on appliances all around the house are using energy. Switching them off with the power off button is one thing but switching them off completely or even unplugging is another altogether. Just looking around your home there may be a number of appliances plugged in and sitting on standby that are eating energy. Mobile Phones and chargers – when fully charged unplug the phone and the charger, even when the phone is unplugged the charger still works and draws energy in many cases. Switch off the fridges not used to capacity, if you can move all your stored items to one fridge it will save a lot of energy. According to an expert from a local computer repair company in Ipswich, you should unplug the TV and computer, those LEDs are using energy. Simple and it works, but we have become lazy!
- Get things colder warmer
Yes, it sounds a little crazy but many of us have our refrigerators and freezers set far too low. Getting things down to the lowest temperature uses lots of energy so by allowing things to be cold but not as cold will save energy. Setting your fridge somewhere between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and having your freezer set to a humble zero rather so many degrees below, works just the same and items get cold but you save energy. Likewise, don’t keep opening closing your refrigerator, if possible get what you need into or out of the fridge in one visit, because this again saves energy overall.
- Upgrade your systems
Out of date heating, out of date appliances and items that do not work efficiently are some of the biggest energy users. By looking at your heating systems and appliances and then upgrading these items will save you energy and the upgrade will pay for itself in 2 or 3 winters. Modern heating systems and modern appliances are a great deal more energy efficient than older models. There are also tax credits for upgrading to energy efficient appliances.
- Wear more clothes and cuddle up
This is by far the simplest way to save energy. The fad for wearing short sleeves all year round to look trendy is not that energy efficient. Wearing warmer clothes has always been the best way to stay warm and at the same time save energy because the heater does not have to be so high. On top of this, snuggling up under a blanket on the couch with a loved one is also a great way to keep warm and at the same time brings people closer together and makes things happier all round.
These are ten really simple ways to save energy and they can apply to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to apply these and indeed, keeping busy keeps you warm and that too saves energy.