Did you know that an average family can spend almost $2,000 annually just on energy bills? Think of all the carbon emitted from that energy consumption and how much damage it’s inflicted on the Earth. It’s hard to come to terms with, but if you’re up for making a change in the ways we consume energy and reducing our carbon footprint, keep on reading.
In this article, we detail ways that you and your family can cultivate more energy-efficient habits to curb your expenditure and reduce your carbon emissions. Every small contribution counts towards healing the planet and restoring it, so don’t hesitate to pick up some of the tips we have to offer. Let’s get started!
Conducting Energy Audits
The first step you can take to improve your energy consumption is to conduct an energy audit to single out the main large contributors. This audit will assess your home’s energy bills, electrical systems, insulation, heating and/or cooling systems, and other appliances. Additionally, the audit comes with a detailed recommendation on how you can improve your energy efficiency at home. This review could help you make the changes needed and ultimately help you save five to 30 percent on your next bill. This audit could also show you the areas in which you could invest, such as getting more durable and quality insulation to reduce drafts.
Taking A Closer Look At Heating and Cooling Systems
In colder parts of the world, heating is the largest contributor to energy bills. On the other hand, air-conditioning is another large energy expense for many households. Take a look at America for example — around $73 billion dollars spent on heating per year and $29 billion dollars on air conditioning per year too. If you look at the combined carbon dioxide emissions caused by heating and cooling systems, it produces a whopping 441 million tons every year. Who knew seeking warmth and comfort from extreme weather were done at the expense of the planet?
Experts highly recommend keeping an eye out for systems that have the highest seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) for the highest level of efficiency. So if you go shopping for heating and cooling systems, ensure that their model has at least a 13.0 SEER rating to qualify. If you’ve been using systems that are more than 10 years old, switch over to a newer model to increase efficiency and reduce your bill costs.
Reduce Water Heating
Aside from heating and cooling systems, another contributor to many energy bills is water heating. We use them for warm showers, in our washing machines and the dishwasher. An easy tactic to combat this is to opt to wash your clothes in cold water loads. This could save you about $40 a year because the majority of the energy consumed while washing clothes is to heat up the water used. Additionally, make sure your water pipes are properly insulated and wrapped to stop heat loss. And since we’re talking about wrapping things up, you could take it up a notch further by purchasing an insulating jacket for your heater tank to also reduce heat loss.
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Working Around the Weather
What causes us to reach for the heating switch or the cooling switch in our homes? When hot or cold air penetrates the room. With weatherization techniques like sealing, insulating, and weather-stripping around your windows and doors, you can save at least 10 percent on the energy bills. If your crawlspaces and attics are not insulated correctly, heating systems may work at a lesser efficient level than it is supposed to. You could also replace your old windows with improved frame materials and low-emission glass to ensure less heat transfer. Weatherization works to keep you from excessive use of heating and cooling systems, ultimately reducing your energy consumption whatever the weather.
Do You Really Know Your Appliances?
When it comes to our appliances and electronics, we actually pay for two things. The first thing you pay for is its sale price, and the second thing you pay for is a much more substantial cost — the operational cost. Each time you use this appliance, you’re paying for the energy it consumes. To ensure you’re not being ripped off, search for labels on the product that states so. Here are a couple of examples of common appliances:
Washers and Dryers: Changing Up the Way We Do Laundry
While there has been an emergence in the market for more energy-efficient washing machines, the way you handle them determines how much you rack up in that next energy bill. For starters, use cold water to wash your clothes and opt for shorter wash cycles. Time is money, so the quicker they’re out of the washer, the lesser energy is consumed.
Skip the dryer and just airdry your laundry. It’s absolutely free to hang up your laundry instead of opting for the dryer. Another protip is to ensure your machine’s lint filler is clear and not obstructing any airflow to keep the motor cool and running.
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Dishwashers: Dishing It Out the Wrong Way
Just like washing machines, 90% of the time energy is consumed by warming up the water in the dishwasher. To maximize your dishwasher, you can start out by only ever pressing ‘on’ when the dishwashing tray is full. If you think about it, dishwashers use the same amount of water to wash a half-full tray, so you might as well take full advantage of that.
Fridges and Freezers: Cool Ways to Save
It’s important to know that your refrigerator has a durable and working seal. Refrigerators have a system that reacts to their exterior environment’s temperature and adjusts their interior temperature according to it. With a good, airtight seal, your fridge won’t be actively adjusting to the temperature frequently and consuming energy. Remember, keep a lookout for those labels the next time you go shopping for a fridge.
And there you have it, a couple of helpful tips to get you started on reducing your carbon footprints in this world. It all starts with cultivating the right habits at home.
|1||100W F-Series Solar Flood Light|
This alpha flood light produces 3,500 lumens to provide an ultra-brightening effect in any environment. It is remote-controlled.
|2||EShine 10 Inch Rechargeable LED Under Cabinet Lighting|
Portable and powerful, you can get all the light you need with this LED light strip that can be attached via the built-in magnet.
|3||Compostable Loofah Scrubber|
This loofah is the ideal alternative to a plastic sponge and can be used for cleaning; certainly a good addition to a sustainable life!
|4||French Linen Flat Sheet|
With nine colors to choose from, this flat sheet is made from naturally sourced French Flax Linen from France that is sustainably produced.
|5||Veles | The Eco Friendly All Purpose Cleaner|
Scientifically derived from food waste, this multi-purpose cleaner also contains essential oils like lavender, mint and bergamot.