Monday, November 7, 2016

Home Efficiency without Wasting Electricity

Whether you are a homeowner or rent an apartment, we all pay for electricity. I bet you wouldn't mind if that monthly bill was a little bit smaller. If you are a homeowner, there are plenty of home improvements you can make that can help, but making small changes to your daily life can also make a big difference in your energy consumption. 

It’s the ripple effect. Your small household changes are the drop of water which starts the ripple. No, you are not going to save the world by being energy efficient, but a little goes a long way. There are many ways to do more with less. Being very organized does not mean that you are being energy efficient, but it could. Here are some ideas on how to work smarter, not harder, while saving energy along the way.

Pots and Pans

You should know how much food you are making and pick a pot or pan accordingly. Yes, this is going to include some organization on your part with regard to where you store your pots and pans. Try to arrange them via size and shape for easy recognition. If you are not making a large amount of food, use a different size pot or pan. Smaller pot and pans use less energy to heat up. Don’t pull that big frying pan out if you are only going to fry a few eggs for yourself. Opt for the small pan over the small burner to avoid using excess energy that's not helping cook your food.

Choose Energy Efficient Blinds
If bulking up your insulation is not your idea of a fun weekend event and you don't want to shell out the necessary funds to pay someone to do it professionally, you could try this. Use thermal shades on your windows instead of or over existing blinds. In the summer months, it will keep the room cold, blocking the sun's hot rays. During winter, it will keep the heat from escaping, retaining the heat. You will use less energy to cool and heat your house or apartment during all the seasons of the year. Saving you money while consuming less energy.

Landscape with a Plan
If you have a yard and decide to start planting trees and shrubbery, think about their location beyond what looks good where. Yes, that tree looks nice on the side yard, but if you plant it so it shades the air conditioner as well, you could be saving money on your electric bill. You could also plant trees on the East or West side of your house to block a lot of the direct sunlight. You might be able to save up to $250 a year on heat and air conditioning. Your yard can be beautiful and save you money, just by placing your plants in the right place.

Pay Attention to Your Pool. Having your own pool for family and friends to enjoy is great. But once you factor in the filters, heater, pumps, and so on, they can certainly be energy guzzlers. One great way to cut down on the amount of electricity your pool is using is to turn off your heater and throw a solar cover over your pool. That way your pool will be well-protected while using the sun’s rays to make the water an enjoyable and comfortable temperature.

Fill Up the Dishwasher
As a child I remember dreading the thought of dish duty. Now I am very thankful for the dishwasher, especially when I have company. When washing dishes, wait until you have enough dishes before running the dishwasher. You use much less water and energy when you wait for the dishwasher to have a full load. Also, the dishwashers made today are meant to blast off hard to clean plates, so don’t rinse them off and put them directly in the machine.

Conserving energy while also saving money helps people personally and saves the environment. No matter how small, we all have to do our part to help keep our surroundings beautiful. These small changes are the drop of water that starts the ripple effect in a calm pond. Be the Drop. Start the Change.

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Paul Denikin runs a blog, called where he writes about simple, eco-friendly home repair projects.

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