Most people don’t realize the amount of energy they waste in their homes daily. Most consumers could save a bundle on their power bills while benefiting the environment by taking a few, simple steps.
Heating and cooling our homes is the number one use of energy for most people. Adjusting your thermostat just a few degrees can use far less energy. When the weather is mild, open windows and turn off the thermostat. Sometimes it is only necessary to run the central unit during the hottest part of day or the coolest nights.
The clothes dryer is sometimes our next big energy hog. It’s easy to toss everything from the washing machine into the dryer, but hanging some items to dry saves energy and reduces wear and tear on clothes. Hanging jeans, shirts and blouses and using the dryer only for underwear, socks and towels can allow you to reduce heat and drying times, and that saves energy.
Washing clothes in cold water saves energy and is better for most laundry. Be sure to only run your dryer as hot and as long as necessary to dry clothes. Using high heat and the maximum time isn’t always necessary.
Wait to run your dishwasher until it’s completely full. Rinse dishes in cold water before putting them in the dishwasher. Cold water doesn’t use energy in the hot water heater, so any time you can use cold water instead of warm or hot you save energy. If hand washing dishes, use a sink stopper instead of running hot water the entire time you’re washing.
When watching TV, little or no additional lights may be necessary. Even fluorescent lighting burns some energy. During the day, open curtains and blinds for natural lighting. If privacy is an issue, sheer curtains will let in light and give you some privacy.