Reducing Energy Consumption
Reducing energy consumption around your home is an important way to go green and it could save you money. You can reduce your utility costs by being more conscious of your energy choices around your home. Here are a few simple ways to reduce costs and energy:
Electronics like computers, TVs and cell phones will drain power even when they’re turned off or fully charged. The U.S. Department of Energy says 75 percent of electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while products are turned off. Save energy by making sure you totally cut off power to your gadgets when they’re not in use. Either routinely unplug devices from the wall or purchase power cords that can be switched on and off to cut off multiple power sources at once.
Your dishwasher and clothes washer and dryer are two huge sources of energy depletion in your home. Wash wisely by using cold water whenever possible, and make sure you gather a full load of laundry or dishes before washing to maximize each usage.
Don’t forget to clean your lint filter after drying your clothes—a clean filter improves air circulation. Be conscious of how much you prewash your dishes; scraping off food, rather than rinsing is sufficient. Also let your dishes air dry.
If you’re cooking for one or two, consider investing in smaller appliances, such as a toaster oven. A toaster over can use one third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Remember to keep range-top burners and reflectors clean. This will help reflect the heat more efficiently, and will save you energy.
Be sure to cover your pots when boiling or heating liquids. Not only will it get the job done more quickly, but you’ll be reducing your energy output.
Daylighting is the use of windows and skylights to bring sunlight into your home. Incorporate daylighting into your home to reduce the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.
To learn more about energy reduction, visit the U.S. Department of Energy atwww.energy.gov.