Did you know the average American home uses around 11,280 kWh of energy each year? Everything from your coffee maker to your dishwasher uses energy and heating and cooling your home accounts for about half of that energy used.
As you can see, we use a large amount of electricity in our homes without even realizing it. Learning to be energy smart can help save the planet and also save you money. Here are some ways you can reduce energy use:
Lessen the areas you heat or cool
Closing off rooms that you aren’t using will keep the rooms you do use cooler or warmer, using less energy. This tip not only saves energy but will also bring down the cost of your utility bill.
Adjust your thermostat
Set your thermostat to a temperature that is comfortable for the season. In the summer, set it as high as you can while still being comfortable and in the winter set it low.
Use natural resources
You can help keep your home hot or cool without spending an extra dime. Keeping your shades open during the day allows sunlight in and can help keep your house warmer during the winter. Keep the shades closed during the summer to block out the sunlight and help it stay cool.
Switch to energy efficient appliances
These are good for the environment and save you money. There are many different types and models of energy efficient appliances available to purchase for your home. You can find a list of all certified products here: https://www.energystar.gov/products/certified-products
Making small adjustments in your home can have a big impact on the environment, your community, and the planet as a whole. So, start being energy smart today!