An energy-efficient home is a happy home. By conserving energy, you not only cut down on your household spending, but also contribute to improving the proper allocation of electricity to your community.
Fortunately, improving energy efficiency isn’t that difficult. Here are some quick tips and simple habit changes you can try out:
Stop Phantom Loads
One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is to avoid Phantom Loads. This is the energy consumed by appliances and gadgets that remain plugged even if they’re not in use. A common example of this is keeping your smartphone plugged in even if it’s fully charged. By simply unplugging unused appliances and devices, you can save up to 10% on your energy bills. Furthermore, unplugging unused electronics also promotes fire safety.
An essential part of everyday living is cooking, and the kitchen is a great place to start conserving energy. Some of the best energy-saving tips include thawing frozen food before cooking them and keeping the lids on the pots to reduce cooking time. Opting for energy-efficient appliances such as convection ovens and microwaves is also a great way to save both space and energy.
Do Laundry the Smart Way
Along with the kitchen, the laundry area is also an ideal place to save energy and do household chores more efficiently. To decrease your electricity bill, avoid using the high-temperature setting on your washer unless it’s absolutely necessary. For the dryer, wring the clothes first before putting them in, and remember to regularly clean the lint trap for faster drying. Smaller garments with light fabrics can be air-dried on a clothesline to further save energy.
Go for Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs
Investing in compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs will not just enhance the lighting in your home, it will also lower your utility bills. Affordable and widely available, these CFL light bulbs use 70% less energy and will last longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs.
Be at Home with Nature
One of the best ways to save energy and help the environment is to bring it home with you. By planting trees and shrubs outside your home and keeping potted plants inside it, you can reduce air condition usage by 30%. That’s because trees and shrubs can provide additional insulation during the hot summer days and chilly December nights.
By following these simple steps, you can have a first home that is both energy and money saving. For more guides and tips, subscribe to the Nurtura Land & Home newsletter!
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