Your home’s heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting systems are major energy factors of high utility bills. Energy conservation practice at home is essential to save cost from utility bills and assist in private house sales. There are convenient energy saving plans that can cut energy consumption by at least 20 percent. More so, there are innovative solutions that offer simple and effective ways of reducing energy consumption. However, you’ll still have to pay utility bills even with these technologies. Apart from saving money, energy saving at home can also protect the environment.
Shut the Chimney
It’s time to cover the chimney with a metal panel after using the fireplace. The chimney closure with sealed windows conserves warm air during winter. There would be a reduction in heating cost because of this energy saving technique.
Use Energy-saving light bulbs
Replace your traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. You can find 20-watts energy-saving light bulbs that shine brighter than regular 50-watt incandescent bulbs. More so, these efficient bulbs can save between 25 to 80% of energy and are available in fluorescent, and halogen forms.
Insulate water heater pipes
Insulate your water heater and pipes to reduce energy consumption in your home. Homeowners will incur more electricity bills when they leave water heater switches on permanently. More so burst water heater pipes without insulations or seals can result in valuables, and water damage.
Adjust the Dials
Reduce high water temperatures by lowering the settings of your home’s heating system. This is a good energy saving tip during winter seasons. During the winter season, regulate central heating thermostats to at least 18 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit). Ask your technician to replace manual bimetallic strips with modern programmable thermostats if you can’t upgrade your home heating system.
When you install old equipment in your home, the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system takes more energy. A simple upgrade to modern equipment can make the difference and save energy. Upgrading to energy efficient models will you some cost money, but they come with a low cost of maintenance and energy consumption. The modern version of HVAC systems has central air conditioning units with integrated heating components. A properly insulated ventilation system ensures even distribution of hot and cold air to your home. When the ducts are not properly insulated, the ventilation system will cost you high utility bills and energy wastage.
Turnoff Electrical Appliances When Necessary
Switch off the phones, laptops and device chargers after using them. Electrical appliances like television on standby mode still consume energy even while they are not in use. Unplugging your devices once they’re fully charged will saving energy and money.
Install automatic timers on lighting circuits to conserve energy. Technology has moved beyond the old habit of turning indoor and outdoor lights off with switches. It’s easy to control energy consumption with photo-cell lighting controllers, and motion detection sensors. The system turns off light the moment you exit the room. More so, lighting circuits with built-in dimmers can lower light levels and save homeowners from utility bills.
Apart from investing in cost-saving appliances, you can also use simple behavioral adjustments. Like turning off appliances and lights bulbs when they are not in use, household tasks can be done manually. Simply wash and dry your clothes under the sunlight instead of using the washing machine and dryer. If you must use the washing machine, regulate it to the half load setting when the laundry is small. Homeowners can also choose a lower temperature setting for large laundry. More so, you can wash your dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher. Following this list of advice and tips will help shorten your utility bills and could potentially help if you look into selling property privately.