With summer on the way, and the fact that you will be turning on your air conditioner, you are probably looking for other things around your house that you can change to appreciate a saving on electric bill. How can we reduce carbon footprint? There are actually several ways. Here are the top 10:
- Don’t heat-dry dishes. Whether it’s a dishwasher in the kitchen or an outdoor dishwasher in the back yard, you will appreciate energy savings if you refrain from drying the dishes with hot air after being washed.
- Wash clothes in cold water. There are special cold-water detergents that help clothes get as clean as ever without hot water.
- Do several laundry loads at once. This will make use of the already-warm dryer so it doesn’t cool down completely just to heat up again several hours later.
- Buy energy-efficient appliances and electronics. If you need to replace something in your home, opt for a product that will use less energy.
- Unplug electronics when not in use. Devices like computers, video game consoles, and TVs use electricity even when turned off. Prevent them from leeching energy by unplugging them completely.
- Set up your computer to use less energy. Energy modes can be set while the computer is on, as well as when it goes a certain amount of time without use. You can set your computer to “hibernate” after any amount of non-use you choose.
- Replace regular light bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent bulbs use far less energy than incandescent bulbs. Also, be sure to turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Eliminate leaks in your home. Inadequate wall insulation, gaps in doors and windows, and a drafty attic can all add to energy loss in the home. In learning how to save energy at home, you may want to have your home audited by an energy auditor to pinpoint and eliminate leaky places.
- Run the air conditioner less. Dress for the season to reduce the need to change the temperature in your living space as drastically. By turning up the thermostat in the summer by one degree, you will benefit from a 5 percent saving on electric bill.
- Keep the shades drawn to keep the sun out. If you have awnings above the window or another method for shading the sunny side of your home, you can still enjoy the view without allowing the sun direct access into your windows.
These minor changes can add up to become major savings on your monthly electric bill. With your savings, you can make that purchase you’ve been saving up for, such as an outdoor dishwasher to let you take advantage of the outdoors during the warmer months.
For information on where you can purchase energy-efficient appliances, find an ASKO Dealer near you.