How to Use Less Energy in Your House
The price of electricity is rising across the globe, and many people are struggling to make ends meet after they pay their bills. As the technology in the form of computers, game systems, DVRs, high-end appliances and other rechargeable electronic devices is becoming more and more of an integral part of our lifestyle, the use of energy continues to grow. This affects not only our electricity bill but also indoor air pollution and greenhouse gas emission.
By deciding to use less energy in your house, and actually doing it, you are making a real change that goes way beyond saving money. Here are some tips that will help you with that.
Change the lighting
Still using the same old incandescent light bulbs? You might want to rethink that decision since these bulbs are considered the least energy-efficient option among all electric lighting and have the shortest lifespan. A better option would be to use Compact fluorescent lights, and the best one would be to install LED lights throughout the house. Besides using less energy, these bulbs don’t contain mercury which can be dangerous to your health and difficult to recycle. Also, there are some habits to change when it comes to lighting that can save a significant amount of energy. Those are turning the lights off when you are leaving the room and opening the blinds during the day so that you can take advantage of daylight.
Lower your heating and cooling bills
Air conditioning and cooling accounts for almost half of a household’s total energy use. One of the biggest reasons why they spend so much energy is that we use them all wrong. For example, we set too low a temperature indoors during hot days, and we have to put on extra layers of clothes. Or we leave the heating on when we go to sleep even though we are covered with a blanket. By changing these habits and properly maintaining the heating and cooling system, you can significantly reduce the amount of energy they use.
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Wash and dry more efficiently
Washing a half of batch of laundry uses much more energy and it means that you will have to do the laundry more frequently. Wait until your washing machine is full to turn it on, and wash the laundry at 30 instead of 40 degrees. Whenever possible, air-dry your laundry instead of using the dryer.