Saving energy also saves money and if you own a home, you know that saving money anywhere you can makes a huge difference in your monthly expenses.
So if you can implement more energy saving idea into your home, it not only benefits your bottom line, but it also benefits the environment.
There are so many obvious ways to save energy like turning the lights off when you leave a room, replacing light bulbs for energy efficient ones, use more cold water, buy and use appliances with the ENERGY STAR logo, and so on.
But there area few non-so-obvious things that you can do to conserve even more energy and we are going to talk about them here.
Here are 3 Easy Things to Add to your Home to Save Even More Energy:
Blackout curtains have more uses than just keeping the room dark.
Did you know that closing them during the heat of day keeps your house cooler? This means your AC unit isn’t working as hard to cool the house down, thus using less energy.
Also, keeping the curtains closed during really cold days has the same effect, it keeps the cold out and so your heater isn’t working as hard.
Basically just closing your drapes during the day when you are at work is going to make a huge difference in conserving energy.
If you are looking for some affordable and nice looking blackout drapes, Style Within Reach has a list of them here.
There are lots of ways to insulate a door and usually a front door is the culprit for the most energy loss.
Gaps, incorrect installation, no insulation, and just old doors will let a lot of air in and out.
This video gives you all the ways you can insulate a door to make it more energy efficient:
The Home Depot has a huge selection of door insulation products as well and you can find them here.
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
A lot of people think that cold water won’t wash your clothes the same as hot water but this simply isn’t true.
With today’s advanced washing machines, cold water will still get the job done.
Ninety percent of the energy used to wash your clothes is for heating the water, if that isn’t reason enough, I don’t know what is!
Imagine all of the energy you could save by washing your clothes and dishes with cold water.
If every American simply replaced one light bulb with a more energy-efficient variety, we would save about $600 million in annual energy costs and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
That’s a huge savings!
If a single light bulb switch can have such a major impact, imagine what implemented the three changes mentioned in this article could do.
Making these three changes will also save you money.
Blackout curtains will give you a lower electrical/gas bill and so will using cold water
It is a win-win for everyone, including the environment!
Don’t forget to encourage your friends and neighbors to make these changes, too!