Everyone talks about being “energy efficient” and “going green,” but what does that mean for you and your home? It means your home can go from a B- to an A+! Being energy efficient is so important for your health, the environment AND can save you money! We have some tips that can help you be energy efficient in every room
The bedroom is a very important room that contributes a lot to the home. During the warmest months, a lot of people crank up the air conditioner because no one wants to be hot and sweaty when they’re sleeping. This is a monumental waste of energy! Utilize a ceiling fan, they circulate cool air in the summer by pushing the cool air upward ro mix with the warm air. This helps keep you cooler and saves energy. But remember to turn it off when you’ve left the room, a ceiling fan doesn’t cool down a room just people.
The Living Room
One easy but pricey way to save money in the living room is to buy things that are Energy Star certified. These products help reduce energy consumption without reducing the quality. Another thing that seems like common sense but you’d be surprised to know a lot of people are guilty of this: turn off devices that are not in use. Even things in stand-by mode are still using energy, completely shut them off.
To help even further with conserving energy, look into improving your windows and doors. Your windows may have cracks and leaks in them which can cause air to leave the home making your thermostat go up or down fighting to keep the room warm or cool.
The Dining Room/Kitchen
Your kitchen/dining area is the center of the home, so it’s important to help conserve energy here. Use pressure cookers or a microwave instead of the stove, they’ll save energy and shorten cooking time. If you do use the oven, try to cook several items at once and don’t open the door to peek in because that can lower the temperature inside and takes longer to cook. Only run a full dishwasher! Let your dishes air dry! Allow foods to partially cool down before putting them in the fridge because it takes a lot more energy to cool down hot food!