3 Simple Steps To Energy Efficiency In Your Home
Each season brings with it different challenges in terms of energy use. Summer and spring often have us cranking up the air conditioning and using lots of water on our lawns or gardens. Winter typically ushers in a time of increased heating as well as electricity use, as the daylight hours get shorter in many parts of the world.
Although it is nearly impossible to avoid fluctuations in our consumption of these resources, there are ways that we can minimize our use and be easier on the Earth in the process.
Here are three simple steps to energy efficiency in your home.
1) Change Consumption Habits.
While it will take some training to get out of the habit of doing things the same way to save water and power, the good thing about this step is that it is free, so anyone can try it.
Changing consumption habits can have a huge impact on your bills and household environmental footprint, because there are so many areas in which you can make adjustments.
For instance, when you use water in the kitchen or bathroom, be sure to only let it flow when you are actively using it. This means turning it off while brushing your teeth, doing the dishes, shaving, etc.
Another water-related move you can make is to replace hot water with cold or warm to perform some household chores. While this probably isn’t desirable while showering, you will never know the difference if you wash your clothes in cold/warm water. Switching from hot to cold saves the energy it takes to heat the water up, which translates to lower bills.
Being strategic about when to use H2O is also helpful, and this is most apparent with outdoor use in the hotter months. If you are watering your lawn or plants, try to turn on the moisture early in the morning or early in the evening. These time periods are coolest, which minimizes water loss through evaporation and ensures your flowers and trees get the moisture they need most efficiently.
2) Fill ‘Er Up Whenever Possible.
Filling up devices that require water and/or power before use is a great way to conserve both resources. This means making sure the refrigerator is stocked as often as possible (it takes less energy to cool a full fridge than an empty one since there’s less available space) and filling the dishwasher as well as the clothing washer/dryer to capacity each time. This move means fewer cycles and thus less energy use.
3) Replace Appliances With Eco Models as Needed.
Although most of us can’t afford to replace all major appliances at the same time, manufacturers do make it easy to obtain low-flow toilets and other energy-efficient devices when old models go kaput.
Toilet manufacturers have a range of models available in terms of flow capacity, design and other capabilities, which makes choosing the right low flow toilet a breeze.
Appliance retailers all over the nation (and on the web) offer things like low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and high efficiency washer/dryers that can also help you conserve.
Kendra works for an interior design company that specializes in green, environmentally friendly planning. She knows that fixtures like toilets might not be the most glamorous part of your decorating scheme, but loves to help people see how important these implements can be in their Earth-conscious homes.