As homeowners, we want to save money and reduce our carbon footprint. There are many ways to do both, and making simple changes around the house can help conserve energy and lower utility bills. Here are five ways to save energy at home.
1. Unplug Electronics to Save Energy at Home
While it may seem like a small step, unplugging electronic devices and charging cables when not in use will make a difference. Many electronics, such as televisions and computers, still pull energy even when turned off if plugged into an outlet. Unplugging devices and appliances prevents this and keeps your energy costs low.
2. Change the HVAC Filters
Regularly changing the air filters will keep the air in your home clean and conserve energy by helping the HVAC system run more efficiently. Generally speaking, air filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days, depending on how often you use the heating and cooling system. However, if you or a family member suffers from allergies, change the filters monthly.
3. Save Energy at Home by Adding Insulation
Adding insulation to walls and ceilings helps trap heat during the winter and keep it out during the summer months, which lowers heating and cooling bills throughout the year. Insulation is an inexpensive way to make sure you’re not wasting energy while keeping your home comfortable year-round.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are a great way to save money on heating and cooling costs. They allow you to set a schedule for when your HVAC system will operate. Program the thermostat to different temperatures, depending on the time of day. You’ll ensure the system isn’t running when no one is home or when everyone is asleep at night, resulting in lower energy costs overall.
5 . Replace Lightbulbs with LEDs
Replacing traditional light bulbs with LEDs results in savings over time because LED bulbs last longer than conventional bulbs and use less energy. You’ll reduce energy costs and won’t have to change the bulbs as frequently. For a more significant upgrade, replace your bulbs with smart bulbs. Manage the lighting in your home via an app on your smart home or with a smart home hub, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home.
Save energy without making drastic changes. There are several things your household can do to reduce utility bills, from unplugging electronics to upgrading to smart bulbs. Reduce your environmental impact and save money.
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