Using less energy in your home does not only save you money on your energy bill, but it also helps to save the environment. Our energy resources are running out and causing a lot of pollution. In order to conserve energy for future generations and clean up our world, energy saving is a must. Follow these 5 simple ways to save energy, the environment, and your money.
Check and fix your windows.
If your windows have thin windowpanes or cause drafts when closed, you need to fix them. A lot of heat gets lost through drafty and thin windowpanes. This can run up your winter energy bill because the heat keeps escaping. Double pane your windows or make sure that they are properly sealed.
Use energy-efficient light bulbs
Change all your light bulbs to halogen light bulbs. They are energy efficient and use 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs. The halogen bulbs might cost more than the traditional ones, but they last longer and save you money on your power bill.
Wash with cold water
Only wash your clothes in cold water in the washing machine. This will reduce your energy bill. It seems that top loader washing machines use more power than front loaders. Consider making a switch.
Turn down the thermostat
Heating and air-conditioning units use a lot of energy to run. Avoid running these systems the whole day and turn them down by a few degrees. Instead of over-using heating, use cheaper methods like a hot-water bottle and an electric blanket to warm your bed. Leave the blanket on for a few minutes and once you are nice and cozy, switch it off. Your body heat, flannel sheets, and warm blankets will keep you warm no matter the room temperature.
Plant a few trees
Trees around your house will keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter. During summer, they will offer welcome shade and in winter they will allow sunlight to come through the windows while also acting as windbreakers.
Try these 5 simple things and see the difference in your energy bill. You might not see the difference it makes to the environment, but it does make a difference.