We can all adopt lifestyle changes that not only conserve energy but also have a positive impact on the environment.
Bloom Centre’s guide to conserving energy at home, will teach you simple ways to make your home more energy efficient, lower your water heating costs, and overall reduce energy consumption and energy cost.
Can Energy Conservation At Home Really Make A Difference?
Absolutely. And not just to your pocket, but to the planet too.
Simple changes like installing window shades, remembering to unplug chargers and shut doors, or using timers to make sure our electronics are not left in standby mode all add up and impact energy use and make a surprising difference to home energy costs.
And these are just the smaller changes. There are a lot more ways to use less electricity.
How To Better Conserve Energy At Home
Here are some of the best energy saving tips you can implement quickly and cheaply with actionable ways to save at home whilst reducing environmental impact in the process.
If you’ve ever checked out your carbon footprint, you’ll have likely noticed how heating and electricity use, make up the majority of your energy bills.
Naturally, becoming more energy-efficient is an effective step you can take, and simply switching to a clean energy supplier can reduce your personal emissions and likely save you money on your household bills.
Easy Wins To Save Electricity At Home
Here are some effective and simple ways to lessen your carbon footprint in the home.
Switch to LED & Solar Lighting
Swapping out incandescent bulbs to LED light bulbs, will instantly reduce your home energy use, lower your electricity costs and be kinder to your eyes.
Likewise, indoor and outdoor lighting can make use of LED technology. These energy efficient light bulbs use much less power than a standard bulb, meaning they can also be run by a solar panel.
Solar Power For The Home – A Smart Energy choice
Solar panels absorb power from the sun, which is saved into batteries that can power energy efficient appliances, even after the sun goes down.
Using solar power doesn’t have to mean you spend thousands of dollars and make your house look like a spaceship.
Ultimately, both solar and LED technology have an initial investment, but it doesn’t have to be huge, and the savings are both short and long term, and energy conservation is immediate.
Install Ceiling Fans
Adding ceiling fans is a great way to reduce heat in the Summer without being totally reliant on the air conditioner, which we all know is expensive to run.
Even just adding a ceiling fan in one or two of the main rooms of the house should have a noticeable impact on energy savings.
Use Your Water Heater More Efficiently
Water heaters contribute significantly to energy consumption. These tips should prove useful in lowering your water bills.
- Turn down the thermostat or turn the water heater off completely when not in use
- Insulate your water tank and pipes with an insulating blanket to retain heat
- Invest in a tankless system that heats water as needed, rather than having to keep it hot
- Use less hot water by only heating water when it’s needed
- Wash clothes at a lower temperature – try running the washing machine on cool
Invest In A Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are a worthy investment if you can afford one. You can have it automatically turn on or off at a given time, or just maintain an ideal water heater setting so that you can leave it automated, and never have to find yourself arriving at work only to remember you’ve left the thermostat on full!
Invest In Renewable Energy
Why pay less for energy when you can pay nothing at all?
Clean energy sources such as solar, hydro, and wind are a great way to conserve energy and can help you be less reliant on the grid.
Choose Energy Efficient Appliances
Power usage isn’t equal from appliance to appliance. So check the energy rating prior to purchase, particularly with larger items such as fridges and freezers.
Ideally, choose a product approved by Energy Star, with the best energy efficiency rating you can.
In the US and Canada, Energy Star-approved appliances are the most efficient, using between 10 – 50% less energy than is standard.
Install Smart Controls
These have come a long way and are a simple and super-efficient way of using less energy, sometimes saving as much as 30% in heating and cooling.
Not only can you set up a schedule, but using app technology, you can change things, from wherever you may be.
Smart thermostats and controls can automate everything from air conditioning systems to your washing machine, saving energy by only using what’s needed when it’s needed. This means the air conditioner can come on an hour before you get home, rather than running all day, significantly reducing heating and cooling costs throughout the year.
Better Insulate Your Home
A well-insulated home is one of the best ways to conserve energy. Insulating the loft space roof, removing air leaks from around or under doors will significantly reduce heat loss and save energy.
Insulation keeps the cool air out and the warm air in during winter, whilst at the same time keeping the warmth outside during the hotter months, therefore reducing the load on the air conditioner or cooling system.
5 Things You Can Change Right Now To Immediately Conserve Energy
1. Change your light bulbs to LEDs
2. Invest in a programmable thermostat
Simply using one of these to take control of your water heater will cover ROI in no time. But these can also control air conditioning and significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency.
3. Wash full loads of laundry only
Thinking a little more about how we wash our clothes can have a surprising impact on our energy use. Simply waiting until there is a full load in the laundry basket before we put a wash on is a great way of conserving energy and saving on detergent!
4. Pay more attention to your water heater
If you can’t fit a thermostat to maintain your water temperature, then a cheap timer can work wonders to control when your water heater switches on and off.
5. Better Insulate Your Home – Start Small
Weather stripping doors will make a big difference in keeping the heat in and reducing air leaks to help your home stay at the temperature you want it.
Let’s Embrace Change And Implement These Easy Win Strategies
The choices we make can go a long way to reducing our energy use and collective carbon footprint.
Luckily, there are many simple, doable steps you can make towards energy conservation. Whilst also reducing your carbon footprint.
Let’s Hope And Change For A Future That is Brighter
Imagine a future where everyone drinks clean water, where our houses are fueled by heat pumps and natural gas, and clean energy will be the norm.
Not only can being more eco-friendly be good for the planet, you, and our animal friends, but it can also streamline your costs and efficiency too.
Frequently Asked Questions And Answers
Why is energy conservation at home important?
The planet is running out of resources and humans have to find a way to not only find new ways of generating renewable energy but also of using less of what we have. The costs of energy are only going to increase in the near future. Conserving energy will not only save you money, but it will reduce the burden on the planet. The more energy we conserve the better.
Does unplugging things save money?
Absolutely. Surprisingly leaving devices on standby doesn’t save electricity. You don’t necessarily need to unplug something, but you certainly need to make sure it’s turned off and not just set to standby. Timer switches can really help with this energy saving automation.
What steps can you take to reduce your energy demand during cold weather?
We all want to stay warm! Especially in the colder months. Taking steps to reduce household air leaks, where cold air gets in or heat escapes is a great way to keep the house warm. If you can afford it then insulating the roof and loft space, where most heat escapes are one of the best investments you can make. Oh, and remember to get the kids to shut doors!
What should you do during a power outage?
This is one area where having a solar backup can really help with electrical issues. Electrical surges and power outages are likely to become more frequent. Having energy stored in batteries is going to be a God-send when we experience this kind of difficulty, helping us to heat cold water and have light and electricity and not be reliant on the grid.
Why conserve energy in the first place?
Humans have created a society that is totally dependent on energy. Everything from the plastic bottles we drink from to washing dishes has energy usage. The reason we find ourselves facing a planetary crisis is down to how we have fuelled and consumed energy. Simply put, the more energy we can conserve, and the more efficient we become in doing so, the brighter the future will be for our children and grandchildren.