- If you are like most homeowners, energy conservation is of great importance. The long- and short-term effects of wasted energy can be seen in a variety of ways, ranging from the money in your bank account to the quality of the air in your lungs. You can take several steps to reduce the energy consumption in your home. Making simple changes in your everyday life can make a substantial difference.
Conserving Heat Energy
- Reduce winter energy bills by adjusting your thermostat to a lower setting. According to the Lower My Monthly Electric Bill website, if you install a programmable thermostat and set it 10 degrees lower at night, it could save you more than $100 annually. Operate ceiling fans with the blades inverted to push warm air downward. Use a portable heater to concentrate heat in one area and turn down the heat in the rest of your home.
Conserving Cool Energy
- Reduce energy bills during the warmer months by adjusting your thermostat to a higher setting. According to the Progress Energy website, you can reduce your energy costs by 7 to 10 percent for each degree setting higher than 78 degrees F. Replace indoor filters monthly, and regularly clean the coils on your outdoor unit. Close all windows and doors in the home when the unit is on to trap cool air inside. Use caulk to seal any windows and doors that may create a draft.
Conserving Household Energy
- Prepare food in the microwave oven as often as possible; you will use less power and foods cook in less time. Replace existing light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs that require less energy and last longer. Turn off your oven several minutes before your meal is ready and, as long as the door remains closed, there will be enough heat to finish cooking it. Keeping a fully stocked freezer is more energy efficient.