Eight Ways to Save Energy at Home

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Saving energy at home is a great way to lower your electricity bills, while also helping the environment. Here are some easy ways for you to go about saving electricity at home.

  1. Air Dry your dishes. By allowing your dishes to dry on the counter or on hanging racks, instead of in the dishwasher you can decrease dishwasher energy usage by fifteen to twenty percent, saving you bundles in electricity costs. This tip works out extra well in the summer when it’s so hot that the water evaporates right of the plates anyways.
  2. Lower the temperature on your water heater. You may have heard about this tip before, but by just lowering the temperature on your water heater you can save about twelve to thirty dollars for every ten degrees Farenheit you reduce it by.
  3. Make sure to insulate heat ducts. By following this easy tip, you can stop losing the average twenty to thirty percent of air that is loss through uninsulated air ducts.
  4. Install low-flow showerheads. The standard usually used for maximum water efficiency is a showerhead with a flow rate that is less than two and a half gpm.
  5. Use Energy-Star Light Bulb. By sticking with light bulbs that qualify for Energy-Star, you can save a whopping twenty to twenty-five percent compared to traditional light bulbs.
  6. Use A Programmable Thermostat. By using a programmable thermostat like the very popular Nest model, you can lower your electricity bills while heating and cooling your house more efficient. A programmable thermostat works by say automatically turning off the heat or air conditioner at eight am after everyone has left the house and automatically turning it back on a four or five when everyone starts to get back home.
  7. Seal air leaks. By sealing air leaks, you can save up to thirty percent on your energy costs. Many people may not feel qualified to go out and seal their own air leaks. Some leaks may even require roof or air conditioning duct repairs. A contractor like Cali NRG that does ac installation in Los Angeles and roof repair in Los Angeles can help you find and seal any air leaks you may have, ultimately saving you a bundle in energy costs.
  8. Use An Insulating Blanket. For your water heater that is. This may sound sort of weird, but wrapping an insulating blanket around your water heater can help you reduce standby heat losses by twenty-five to forty-five percent as well as save you about four to nine percent in water heating costs.