10 Energy Saving Solutions You Can Practice Today.
There are so many things that you can do in your day to day life to save energy. Simple things.
Cutting down on energy spending will undoubtedly save you money but it will also help to take care of this awesome planet that we live on. So why not figure out how to conserve energy right in your own home?
It all starts with your approach!
Swap out your wasteful habits for more practical and conscious styles of energy use. It may take some practice but doing so can not only give you some peace of mind but it will also leave a few extra dollars in your pocket. What you do with your savings is up to you!
So here are a few ways that you can tweak your lifestyle and energy consumption habits to work in your favour.
1.) Open your blinds or roll shutters during the day in the winter and close them in the summer.
Use sunshine to your advantage! It is the most powerful source of heat and its FREE.
Keep your shutters closed during the day this summer, you will block out most of the heat and therefore have your air conditioning run a little less often.
During winter months, having blinds or shutters open to let in the sun's rays can be a simple solution to save energy by giving your furnace a break.
2.) Keep your showers short and sweet.
When you live in Canada, hot showers are a must but it takes a lot of energy to heat all that water.
An easy solution to save energy is to keep your showers shorter than you normally would. Set a timer for yourself or try turning off the faucet while you’re sudsing up.
If you’re up for an extra challenge you can even try cooling off your shower at the end. Colder showers can perk you up and can also give your hot water tank a much-needed break.
On-demand water heaters are also a great energy-saving solution if you’re looking to upgrade your appliances. These use electricity to heat the water as you’re using it instead of having to heat a huge amount and keep it stored for you as a hot water tank does. These use less energy and also save you a lot of space.
3.) Wash your clothes in cold water.
How do you conserve energy while doing your never-ending piles of laundry? Set it to cold!
Washing your laundry in cold water is a good solution to save energy and is also a nice trick to extend the life of your clothes. The cold water helps the dyes in your fabrics stick around for longer and is gentler on things.
At the very least washing your dark and brightly coloured laundry in cold water will keep your clothes looking sharper for longer. Cold water specific laundry soaps make sure things are getting cleaned properly and not having to heat a ton of water will help you to conserve energy as well. Replacing your clothes less often will help you to save a few dollars and create a lot less waste.
4.) Pay attention to lighting.
LED lights can be up to 90% more energy efficient than your classic fluorescent or incandescent lightbulbs. They emit less heat and use more of the energy for the light itself. It may be a bit of an investment to make the switch but LED lights tend to have a longer life span and once you make the switch it will be a long time before you have to change those bulbs again. This creates less waste coming from your home and will help to conserve energy.
Turn off your lights when you’re not using them! According to direct energy, lighting can account for up to 12% of your electricity bill. You will significantly bring the cost of that bill if you use natural lighting as often as possible.
5.) Keep an eye on your thermostat.
Lower the temperature on the thermostat a few degrees when you leave your home for the day. Having the heat cranked up isn’t going to be something that you will even notice.
If you’re looking to invest in something special, there are programmable thermostats that you can set specific times into or control from your phone. That way you can have your house heating up and back to your desired temperature before you arrive home for the night.
Some people also get a better night sleep in a cooler environment. Also, consider throwing an extra layer of clothing on so that you don’t have to have the heat up so high all the time. A good sweater can go a long way when it comes to saving energy.
6.) Air seal and insulate your home.
Have you ever felt that cold draft coming into your home when you walk by a large window or door? Sealing off the areas of your home where you can feel the cold leaking in can be a simple solution to save energy. There are affordable clear plastic coverings for large windows that can be used to seal out a cold draft.
Another affordable energy-saving solution is to roll up an old towel and stick it under your door, stopping the cold air from leaking in.
Attics are classically overlooked so check to see if yours is missing and consider having it insulated so that all that precious heat doesn’t escape from your home.
If you require a more serious insulating layer, our roll shutters will weather seal your home and block out the wind and the cold. In the warmer months, they also work to block out the heat of the sun.
7.) Keep on top of defrosting your fridge and freezer.
Contrary to what you may think, having a thick layer of ice in your freezer can act as an insulator and make your refrigerator work harder to keep your food frozen.
Make sure to defrost your fridge freezer or deep-freeze when you start to see an excess build-up of ice to ensure that your appliance is working at it’s most efficient.
Avoid direct sunlight and keep your fridge away from your stove or heating vents. Having your fridge in the correct place in your home can help it run more efficiently and save you some money.
Defrosting things from your freezer directly in your refrigerator instead of on the counter can also help to save you energy while making sure that your food stays fresh.
Having cold things in your fridge means that it has to run a little less often to keep it at the correct temperature. It is also the same for letting hot food items cool off completely before putting them in the fridge. If you transfer things to your fridge straight out of the oven, your appliance has to work overtime to return itself to its normal temperature.
8.) Replace your furnace filters often.
When the filters in your furnace haven’t been changed on time your furnace tends to use more energy than it normally would. The air quality in your home also takes a dip while it recirculates dust particles back through your air vents.
Keep track of how often you need to be replacing your filters and do it on time. Set a reminder on your phone or schedule someone to service your furnace in advance so that you don’t forget.
9.) Don’t peek in the oven while your food is cooking.
I know that it can be tempting to take a look at your long-awaited dinner but opening the door of the oven for just a moment can drop the temperature drastically.
As a result, your oven will have to expend extra energy to heat itself back up to the desired temperature and you will use more energy than you need to. Using that handy oven light can be a way to check up on your food without having to open your oven door.
Another energy-saving solution can be to turn off your oven at the very end of your cooking time. Your food will continue to cook but your oven won’t be using extra energy to keep itself at the maximum temperature.
10.) Unplug your electronics when they’re not in use.
Having your computer or other electronics plugged in all day can drain excess energy and shorten your devices battery life so that you’ll need to have things plugged in more often. Simply unplugging things when they are fully charged can be a smart solution to save energy.
Do you have your cell phone plugged in all night long? Try charging it to 100% before you go to bed instead of keeping it charging all night as it only needs to be plugged in for an hour or so. This will help your battery last longer too.
Turning off monitors, printers, and speakers when they’re not in use can do wonders when it comes to lowering your electricity bill.
There are many energy-saving solutions that you can put into practice in your daily life right away. They don’t have to cost a thing and can help you to start saving energy and money immediately.
Giving just a little extra thought to your energy consumption habits can truly go a long way and can help to reduce your carbon footprint and your energy spending.
In a world where things are becoming more and more automated it is good to practice being more conscious about how your daily habits can impact the world around you. Being mindful of these things is a great first step in the right direction. Making small changes is a great second step and you will already begin to notice the benefits of these choices.
Keep track of the changes you make and see how they can impact you and your family. Check out these additional tips from the Alberta Government. If you have any recommendations for energy-efficient living, please leave a comment below.