1. Too wet Outside to Dry Clothes? Air Drying Your Laundry
Air drying your laundry is a cheap way to save energy and money by avoiding the tumble dryer. According to US-based Project Laundry List, a nonprofit organization for air drying and cold washing, use of the dryer accounts for more than six percent of most people’s electric bills. You can also use the natural disinfecting and bleaching properties of the sunlight to kill germs and get out stains in an eco-friendly manner.
2. Work from Home? Work Smarter to Save Energy
If you work from home, full or part-time, using a laptop instead of a desktop is not only convenient but also a great way of saving energy in the home. A simple step like this will not only help you work easily, but also cuts down electrical use by almost three-quarters. But remember, turn off and unplug the laptop at the end of the day. In fact, do this for all appliances in your house and home office.
3. Lights Off for Saving Energy in the House
Turn off lights when you’re not using them, and encourage children to do the same. Open up curtains during the day to let natural light in. If the children leave toilet lights on, consider purchasing a auto-switch off light or sensor operated light.
4. Energy-saving Tips for the Kitchen
The kitchen is a great place to start saving energy. Use the right-size saucepan on the stove burners. According to the US-based Energy Star @Home website, “using a six-inch pot on an eight-inch burner wastes over forty percent of the burner’s heat.” Also, cover saucepans with lids while cooking to avoid escaping heat; this will cook food faster as well. If boiling food such as potatoes or pasta, use the hot facet (tap) for the water instead of cold to speed up boiling time and use less energy.
5. Save Money and Energy for Staying Cool
In the warm summer months, you may be tempted to keep the air-conditioning on at its coolest setting. While that may keep you cool, it heats up the planet. Instead, use a fan first, remove or reduce heat-inducing activities in the house, keep windows open for natural ventilation, and reduce harsh sunlight from warming up the house by using thicker drapes (curtains) and cool down naturally.
6. Replace standard light bulbs
According to studies, electric lighting consumes up to 25 percent of the average home energy budget. If you’re going to be out of the room for more than 5 minutes, turn off the lights. Turn off appliances and the TV, too, when no one is watching. And don’t forget about your phone charger.
Even though they may not have anything hooked to it, that little transformer or charger, whatever is plugged into the wall, it is still drawing electric current.
7. Plant a tree
This will add beauty to your property, provide shade and help cut down on cooling costs during the warmer months. Regulate your thermostat and don’t be afraid to adjust the settings. Let your home cool more during the winter months. Throw an extra blanket on your bed. Install an extra layer of insulation in the attic.
8. Switch to reduce-flow showerheads
Take shorter showers and lower the temperature on your hot water heater. Consider replacing your old toilet with a new, low-flush model. Studies show older toilets use about 5-7 gallons of water with every flush. Check for leaks, too.
9. Purchase a rain water butt
Collect water to use on your plants and in your garden. Sweep the driveway and patio clean instead of hosing it down.
10. If you have a small, suburban lawn
Consider using a push mower to cut the grass instead of a petrol mower. And, in the autumn, exercise your mind and your body when picking up leaves by reaching for a rake instead of an electric leaf blower.