One of the easiest ways to cut your energy bills is to develop energy efficient habits. While insulating your home or air sealing it can lead to significant energy savings, they do involve an initial outlay. Moreover, it takes between three and five years to recoup the cost of the changes you make. On the other hand, developing energy efficient habits and practicing these changes to your everyday routine and a no-cost alternative to reducing your energy bills.
Studies have shown that heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy bill. By developing habits that reduce your heating and cooling bills you will be able to save substantially on your energy bills. Just consciously develop these habits by committing to make these changes for a month. By the end of the month you will have developed the habit and do these actions automatically even as you notice a fall in your energy bill.
Make it a point to regularly do these five actions to see a drastic fall in your energy bill. Not only will you be saving money, but your lower energy consumption will help fight global warming and climate change.
1.Home Heating Costs
Studies have shown that heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy bill.
Set your programmable thermostat to switch off the heating in your home 30 minutes before you leave your home and switch on 30 minutes before you are due to be back. Check the schedule of every member of your family each day before doing this and your empty house will not be heated up just to burn your hard earned cash. Ask an energy auditor to inspect your home and make suggestions to reduce energy consumption.
2.Appliance Running Costs
Switch off electrical appliances as soon as you finish using them. TVs, microwaves, DVD players, music systems, and other appliances consume energy when they are in stand-by mode. By unplugging them after use, you will be saving up to 85 percent of the energy they consume. Similarly, make it a point to switch off lights when you are the last person to leave a room. While lights do not consume as much power as a heater, there is no need to unnecessarily light rooms that are empty. It is a simple step that takes minimal effort and time to do and will reduce your energy bill. This is just a sign of laziness or indifference.
3.Water Heating Costs
Only boil as much water in the kettle as you need. There is no point in boiling extra water and letting it cool before you can use it. If you are making two cups of tea, measure the water required into the kettle. The water will reach boiling point sooner and reduce energy consumption as well. Using a shower instead of a bath will also lower your water heating costs. You should also wash most of your clothes in the cold setting of your washer as that should be enough for clothes that are not heavily soiled.
When using electric stoves, match the size of the saucepan to the ring size. If you are using a smaller pan, choose a smaller electric ring. Similarly, if you are using a gas flame, ensure that the flame does not exceed the base of the pan. Otherwise you will be paying to heat up air (and this is highly dangerous as well).
5.Keep Heat Inside
Draw the curtains across the windows at night in winter to prevent heat from radiating out. Use heavy lined curtains to keep as much of the heat as possible inside your home.
While the steps outlined above are easy to take and do not require additional expenses, once you are able to experience the difference in your energy bills from the cut back in energy use, you will be ready and able to spend money to make your home energy efficient or to have money for a movie, eating at a restaurant, a new paint job for your car, or investing in some stocks to enhance your own portfolio. After all, you should think about your future and your financial situation currently. By improving your home’s energy efficiency you will be able to enjoy the same quality of life without absorbing high energy bills.