Creating an eco-friendly home does not require major sacrifices and lifestyle changes. Families that would like to cut back on their energy consumption should take a look at these tips and tricks that will save them a little extra money without compromising their comfort.
Avoid Phantom Loads by Unplugging
Many people do not realize that their electronics will continue to draw a small amount of power when they are not actively being used. In the average household, there are dozens of devices ranging from spare laptops to old DVD players that could be wasting hundreds of dollars per year in electricity. Unused devices should be shut down completely, unplugged from the wall, or put on a power strip with a kill switch.
Estimated Savings Per Year: $100-$200
Replace Your HVAC Filters Frequently
Energy Star suggests that homeowners change their HVAC filters at least once every 30 to 60 days. Clogged air filters will force furnaces and air conditioners to blow quite a bit more air, and this could result in an increase in your heating and cooling bills. In addition to higher energy bills, a clogged air filter will also reduce your home’s air quality and increase your family’s risk of seasonal allergies and other respiratory problems.
Estimated Savings Per Year: $350 (for families spending $2,500 a year on home energy)
Change How You Do Your Laundry
Washers and dryers are two more appliances that can consume an incredible amount of energy. One way to combat this is to use only the lowest (coldest) settings unless the higher settings are absolutely necessary. Families that fill their washer to the brim and their dryer to about 75 percent will improve the efficiency of these appliances and drastically cut back on their energy consumption.
Estimated Savings Per Year: $100+
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Older thermostats are notoriously inaccurate and often require constant adjustments throughout the day. Modern programmable thermostats are one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce the amount of energy that your HVAC system uses by giving you more control over the indoor air temperature. These devices can be set to turn off or on at any time throughout the day and maintain a consistent temperature.
Estimated Annual Savings: $150-$180
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