Easy Ways for Your Family to Boost Energy Savings at Home

When you share a home with lots of people, it’s pretty much a given that your energy bills are going to be higher. That’s why it’s so important to do all that you can to look for proven methods to conserve electricity and water so that your monthly expenses can stay well within your budget.

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If you’d like to know about some easy ways that you and your family can boost energy savings at home while still enjoying all of the conveniences that they provide, here are five things that can help you to do just that.

Dress for the season. One of the best ways to monitor how much you rely on your HVAC unit is to dress appropriately for each season. For instance, when it’s summertime, even inside of the home, wear shorts and T-shirts or tank tops. And when it’s winter, put on sweats and socks. When you have on what complements the weather outside, it will help to keep you more comfortable while you’re indoors.

Use natural light more often. During the daytime, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re at an office and your kids are at daycare or school. For this reason, you probably don’t have any lights on. However, on the weekends when everyone is home, be cautious about turning on overhead lighting or lamps during daylight hours. If you open up your window treatments, you’ll see that you don’t really need any additional light and that will help to keep your energy costs down. Also, when it’s nighttime and you do need to flip a switch or turn on a lamp, make sure that you have LED light bulbs installed. They tend to last 5-7 times longer than standard bulbs and are extremely energy efficient too.

Cook wisely. When it’s time to cook family meals, there are things that you can do to reduce your electricity bills. During the summer months, opt for grilling outside rather than using your stove and oven. Not only will that conserve energy, but you won’t have to turn down your thermostat to compensate for the heat that comes from using those appliances. And during the cooler months, make sure to place lids on top of your food. Cooking oftentimes produces steam which can make the rooms in your house humid; that can make it harder to keep them at a comfortable temperature.

Watch water usage. When you’re looking to boost energy savings, it’s not just about what you do with electricity but with you do with your water too. That’s why it’s a good idea to install a low-flow showerhead for your bathroom and automatic faucets for all of your sinks. By doing this, you can easily save 30-40 percent on your annual water bills.

Unplug what you don’t need. At the end of the evening when everyone is preparing for bed and as you’re locking up doors and checking windows, don’t forget to unplug whatever it is that doesn’t need an electrical charge throughout the night. This would include things like your computer, your television, your phone charger and your lamps. It’s a simple thing that can make a really big difference. For more information on how to conserve energy in your home, visit Energy.gov.

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