Even More Useful Energy Conservation Tips
Energy conservation can do more than just save you hundreds of dollars a year; it can reduce your carbon footprint and help to preserve the environment for future generations.
Everyone knows that replacing your light bulbs with new energy efficient bulbs is one way to conserve energy, but there are some things you can do to save energy that you might not have thought or heard of before. With a few tips and a little creativity, you can conserve even more energy.
Here are 10 lesser known tips for energy conservation:
1. Light It Up
Aside from using energy efficient bulbs, there are a number of ways to conserve energy with lighting. For example, make the most of the artificial light you use by choosing thin and light colored lamp shades. Set your lamps closer to corners where the light can reflect off of two walls. By making the most out of each lamp, you can avoid having to use multiple light sources.
2. It’s In The Walls
A massive amount of energy and heat loss occurs through your walls, including windows, outlets, and other weak spots. You should inspect your property for air leaks and see to any repairs in order to reduce energy loss.
3. Raise The Roof
Similarly, about 45% of energy loss occurs through the roof. If your roof is over 10 years old or has been damaged, it may be time to get it inspected and perhaps repaired or replaced. Colored shingles or new energy efficient shingles can make a huge difference.
4. Put A Rug Down
Covering bare floors with carpet or rugs can help to insulate your home, saving energy in heating and cooling.
5. Window Treatments
Making sure that all windows are properly installed and sealed can help to prevent energy loss. Also, curtains can go a long way towards helping conserve energy as well. They not only act as extra insulation, but can block the Sun’s hot rays from heating up your house during the summer.
6. Is Your Refrigerator Running?
Refrigerators use more energy that virtually any other appliance in the house. Older refrigerators use twice as much energy as the new Energy Star energy efficient models.
7. Fill It Up
Keep your freezer full. It takes less energy for your freezer to stay cold if it is full.
8. Time Out
You can conserve energy by using timers for any lights that you might accidentally leave on.
9. Put a Caulk In It
Refreshing or replacing caulk around windows, door frames, and pipes to prevent energy loss.
10. Drain It Away
By draining about a quart of water from your hot water every few months to remove sediment, you can save energy by increasing the efficiency of your water heater.
Armed with these lesser known tools of the trade, you can step up your energy conservation game. Just by making a few changes, and putting your home décor to use, you can save money and help the environment.