Home Energy Saving Tips

One question is being asked by many people everyday. What can I do to save energy and save money at the same time? How can I cut my energy bill each month without a huge investment? It can be done with just a few simple things around your home. This list compiles ideas for all areas of your home to cut back and conserve your energy and water usage.



Kitchen area

  • Change your light bulbs to fluorescent. This simple change can make a big difference in how much energy you are using. This also helps with the heat that normal light bulbs give off.
  • Turn off the lights. If no one is in the room, turn off the switches.
  • Keep your floor vents uncovered. Make sure that there is no furniture or appliances sitting over the vents and blocking the airflow.
  • Scrape the food off the dishes before running them through the dishwasher.
  • Repair any leaky faucets. This wastes gallons of water if left unattended.
  • Remember to shut the refrigerator door.


Living Room

  • Use your ceiling fan to help with heating and cooling. Reversing your ceiling fan can help in the winter by circulating hot air down and in the summer by blowing the cool air on you. This will help reduce your heating bill if you adjust your thermostat.
  • Make sure the seals around your doors and windows are good and tight. Reseal them if you find they are leaking.
  • Unplug any battery chargers or adapters that are not in use.
  • Use draft guards at the bottom of your doors. This will help to keep your cool air in and you won't be cooling the outside.
  • Close blinds at night


Bedroom

  • Replace the most used light bulbs with fluorescent lights.
  • Turn off the electric blanket when you are not using it.
  • Turn off the TV if no one is in the room watching it. Also turn off radios or computers when not in use.
  • Close vents in rooms that are not being used
  • Close your closet doors. The items in there do not have to be cooled or heated.


Office

  • If you are not going to be using your computer monitor for longer than 20 minutes, turn it off.
  • If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 2 hours, turn off the computer PC.
  • Turn off your screen savers. This actually keeps your computer active instead of allowing it to go into sleep mode.
  • Look for office equipment with the Energy Star label. This is the governments approved/recommended equipment for helping to conserve energy.
  • Try using a laptop instead of a desk top PC. They actually use up to 90% less energy than a desktop.


Utility Room:

  • Make sure to seal and insulate leaky ducts
  • Replace air filters on your furnace
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer between loads. This will help to improve the air circulation.
  • Try using a clothes line to help dry your clothes.
  • Dry your towels in a separate load from over clothes. Don't over dry your clothes.


Garage:

  • Keep all your tools and extra appliances that are not in use unplugged. Even if not turned on they can still pull energy from the plug outlet.
  • Replace all bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Make sure that you are using thick, durable seals around your garage door.
  • Keep your garage door closed to prevent losing heat.
  • Insulate around your water heater and the pipes that may exposed to the elements.


There are several websites out there that have loads of information on saving energy in your home, office or on the road. Here are a few of them that you may find helpful:

  • Energy Assessment – This site has a tips on saving energy, as well as how to conduct your own energy assessment.
  • List of Energy Saving Products – Here you will find a list of energy saving products, home improvement ideas and tips to save energy around your home.
  • Energy Saving for Kids- this website is full of ideas and tips as well as educational items for sharing with your children.
  • Green News- You will find articles, tips and product ideas as well as the latest news updates on being green.
  • Save Energy Save Money - This is a list of tips to save money either during the summer or the winter months. It also has tips on saving money at your school or in your vehicle.
  • Energy Star Rebates - Here you can find out what is going on now in the news, how to get rebates for your energy star appliances and more.
  • Reducing Waste- Not only will you find energy tips here but also tips to save water and reduce waste.
  • Saving Energy - Here you will find a lot of great ideas on saving energy in all areas of your home.