Looking for a New Year’s resolution to tackle in 2016? How about one that will save you money, make you feel great about yourself, can be done easily, and will help the environment? This year, dedicate yourself to reducing energy consumption with these resolutions:
Keep it low-flow.
A simple change you can make in 2016 to help you reach your goal of reducing energy consumption is to make the switch to low-flow showerheads. This change means less water will be wasted as you wait for the shower to heat up to a nice, warm temperature. An added bonus? It’s an easy resolution to complete since you can make this change without any professional help!
Turn it off.
Reducing energy consumption doesn’t have to mean making huge sacrifices, it just means to only use energy when you need it! Do you need to have your desktop computer running all day or is it just convenient to have it up and running all the time? In 2016, save energy by powering off your desktop when you walk away from it.
Do you have a back-up refrigerator in the garage that just contains a spare gallon of milk and a few other random items? Save energy by unplugging the unused refrigerator and moving these little items inside instead.
Get help from Mother Nature.
There are a number of ways to reduce energy consumption when it comes to your thermostat, but the simplest one is done with a little help from natural sunlight. During the winter, keep the blinds and shades open during sunnier days so the natural light can help warm up your home and the thermostat can do less of the work. When it becomes warmer outside, save energy on cooling your home by closing the blinds and shades during hot days. Keep this resolution in mind throughout the year and adjust as the weather changes!
Let there be (energy-saving) light!
Did you know that lighting makes up roughly 15% of your home’s energy use? Swapping any of the regular light bulbs you use for energy-saving choices will help you in reducing energy consumption. It is estimated that switching out five light bulbs will save you around $60 a year! When we consume energy, we want the energy we use to be as efficient as possible. You can also determine how much energy is consumed by lighting and other appliances by conducting a home energy audit.
Be energy-conscious with appliances.
Do you have a habit of opening the oven door to peek in and check on your food? Don’t! Opening the oven door allows heat to escape, and leads to an unnecessary use of energy. But the oven isn’t the only place in your kitchen that could be using excessive energy.
After dinner, don’t prewash your dishes in the sink before slipping them in the dishwasher. Scrape off the excess food and allow the dishwasher to do its job. This not only saves you time in your cleanup, but also helps you cut back on water usage.
Check the settings.
Reducing energy consumption can be as simple as a push of the button! Doing a half load of laundry this weekend? Be sure to select the appropriate choices when setting your washer and dryer so excessive water and heat are not used on a smaller load. Or take it one step further and consider air-drying clothes instead of using energy on the electric dryer. After all, some clothing labels actually do recommend air-drying!
Looking for more ideas? Check out Homeselfe’s 100 Ways to Save Energy.
Follow these tips for reducing energy consumption in 2016 and you’ll see big financial savings! Talk about a great resolution to make for yourself and for the world.