Going green is good for the environment and your bank account. We asked Connect Electric to share some simple things you can do around the home to cut down on your energy consumption today. You don’t have to make big, sweeping changes to your lifestyle to get noticeable results. Instead, take smaller steps, and you’ll soon see just how much you can save every day.
Switch to Energy Efficient Appliances – Replace your old appliances with energy-efficient models. Check the energy rating label before buying a replacement.
Use a Programmable Thermostat – Set your home’s temperature to between 18 and 20 degrees C. You can also program the thermostat to warm your home when you really need it and turn off at night or when you are away.
Only Do Full Loads of Laundry – Maximise efficiency by only doing full loads of laundry. This will reduce the number of loads needed each week.
Set Up Sleep Mode on Your Computer – Leaving a screen saver on consumes more electricity than putting your computer in sleep mode. It will still allow the device to start-up faster than if it was entirely off but will use less energy while it is idle.
Unplug Devices When Not in Use – Unplug as many devices as you can when not in use. TVs, gaming consoles, DVRs, and other devices continue to draw power even if they are not on.
Don’t Open Oven Door When Cooking – Don’t open the oven door while cooking. Doing so causes significant heat loss that the appliance must compensate for by using more energy.
Use CFL or LED Light Bulbs – CFL and LED light bulbs are significantly more efficient than incandescent lights. Change out yours now or gradually switch as your current bulbs burn out.
Keep Radiators and Vents Clear – Radiators, vents, and other heat sources should be kept clear to allow for even heating. Blocking airflow can force the appliance to work harder.
Clean or Replace Furnace Filters – Dirty filters hinder airflow, which makes the furnace work longer and harder to maintain indoor temperatures.
Use Natural Heat to Warm Your Home – Open curtains and blinds that face the sun to allow natural heat to warm your home.
Remove Dryer Lint Regularly – Remove dryer lint from the filter and tubing to allow your appliance to run as efficiently as possible.
Insulate Your Hot Water Pipes – Insulating water pipes will reduce heat loss and keep the water flowing through them warmer.
Install Timers and Motion Detectors – Use timers and motion detectors to turn off lights when not needed.
Unplug Battery Chargers When Fully Charged – Battery chargers continue to draw power even when the battery is full or removed. Unplug them when not in use.
Skip the Drying Cycle and Air-Dry Dishes – Instead of running the drying cycle on your dishwasher, let dishes air dry by opening the appliance’s door. This can reduce dishwasher energy consumption by between 15% and 50%.
Seal Air Leaks Around Your Home – Check for air leaks and seal them throughout your home. Doing so can lower your energy consumption by up to 30%.
Conduct an Energy Audit – Have an electrician conduct an energy audit on your home. They can identify areas where you can cut energy use and recommend changes that will have a significant impact on your utility bills.