Save Money by Reducing Energy Consumption!
When you are considering renewable options for energy, one of the things that can be easily overlooked is the fact that we need to actively reduce the amount of energy that we consume. Before we spend money on power, be it hydro, wind, solar, or anything else, we need to take a closer look at our household and see what we can do to conserve that energy. Let’s take a look at some of the ways to save money with our energy use and conserve that energy too.
Did you know that in Alberta, you can do some price comparisons of Alberta energy companies to ensure that you are getting the best price for the energy that you consume? I mean seriously, when we go out shopping for anything, we always look for the best price, right? Why not make sure that you are getting the best price on the energy that you are going to use on a daily basis? It only makes sense.
There are some appliances that we all have and use all the time. These appliances are heavily dependent on and will not be going anywhere anytime soon. When it comes to these appliances, like refrigerators, freezers, washers, and dryers, etc., when they need to be replaced, why not go with the ones that are energy efficient? These will get the job done that you need them to do while reducing the amount of energy needed to do it. If you have appliances that were made before 1995, it is a good bet that they are no longer working at peak efficiency… which means that they are wasting energy and making your bills higher than they need to be. It also means that it is time to upgrade to new, energy efficient models.
Tips for Lighting
Here are a few tips for lighting in your home that can save you when it comes to the energy consumed.
· If there are lights on that are not being used, turn them off.
· Buy and use compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). These reduce the energy used by as much as 75%. You can do this gradually by replacing the old fashioned incandescent bulbs with the CFLs as they burn out.
· If you have older children in your home, put them in command of the energy bill. If they have responsibility for the bills, they will make sure that the lights are turned off when they leave the room.
· Try not to put any lamps near your thermostat. The thermostat will sense the heat coming from the lamp and this can have an effect on how often the heat or air will turn on and off.
· When it comes to torchiere lamps, choose Energy Star as opposed to halogen. The halogen option can lead to fires. This is according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Also, the halogen lamps might be cheaper to buy but they are more expensive to use.
· Use things like timers, dimmers and even motion detectors for the lights both inside and outside your home.
Tips for Heating and Cooling
If you want your heating and cooling systems to run with efficiency, changing the filters on a regular basis is a must. Your filters get clogged with dust and this restricts airflow and can even clog your system. Some of them are washable and others are disposable. Measure your existing filter so that you will buy the proper size replacement. If your filters are disposable, buy a few at a time so that you will always have a fresh one on hand. If you want to be even more eco – friendly, and your filters are disposable, you could actually reuse it. Just vacuum it with your vacuum hose and then spray it down with something like Endust. This will restore the ability for it to catch dust. You will be able to use the filter multiple times by doing this.
Consider installing a thermostat that is programmable. It will be able to regulate the temperature in your home even when you are not there. This can save you quite a bit on energy costs.