Most homeowners are regularly on the lookout for ways to save money with more efficient practices in their homes. One way to discover ways to save through energy efficiency is to go through your home, room by room, and see where you can put the following efficient practices into play.
- Get rid of the incandescent light bulbs. Replace them with efficient LED bulbs, which use 70-90 percent less energy.
- You don’t need lots of general lighting in a bedroom. Focus on spot lighting, such as a table lamp for reading.
- Turn all electronics off when it’s time for bed. You’ll sleep better and save money on electricity.
- Turn the thermostat back a few degrees when it’s time to sleep. You’ll want to initiate this practice for when the household is away from home as well.
- Purchase more efficient electronic appliances. TVs, DVD players, routers and other appliances rated by the Department of Energy’s Energy Star program should be your top choice.
- Plug all appliances into a power strip. Turn it off when appliances are not in use so that they are not still draining power.
- Use a ceiling fan with reversible blades to cool off in the summer, and to push heat down from the ceiling in winter. Flip a switch and run blades counterclockwise in summer and clockwise in winter. This allows you to set your thermostat up in summer and down in winter.
- Install exhaust ventilation to the outdoors to move moisture out of the bathroom. This helps prevent mold, and in summer, will keep the relative humidity down. You’ll feel cooler when the humidity is lower.
- Install efficient, low water use fixtures, including low-flow toilets and showerheads.
- Install an efficient water heater.
- Install Energy Star-rated appliances, including refrigerators and dishwashers.
- Use the microwave whenever possible to cook.
- Keep the lid on pots while cooking and reduce cooking time.
For more on practices promoting energy efficiency in your home, contact Roth Heating and Cooling. We’ve served Portland since 1976.