It’s not just about building great spaces, it’s also about making sure that those great spaces work for us, keep us comfortable and save us money. You deserve to know how to save money with the little things while you make bigger and better with your home. So here are some home energy reducing ideas that will save you money fast:
Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F. Water heating can account for 14 percent to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. For households with one or two members, set your water heater even lower to 115°F. Insulate your water heater with a water-heater blanket.
Take showers instead of baths. A 5-minute shower typically uses less than 15 gallons of water, while a bath can use 30 to 40 gallons.Install water-saving shower heads.
Simple sidenote: Don’t let water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
Switch your refrigerator’s powersaver to “On,” if available. Keep refrigerator coils and condenser area free of dust. Set the refrigerator temperature between 36°F and 38°F and the freezer between 0°F and 5°F. Defrost manual-defrost freezers when frost build-up is more than 1/4-inch thick. If possible, locate refrigerators and freezers away from direct sunlight and other warm air sources such as ranges and heating equipment. Use your dishwasher to wash only full loads of dishes. Let your dishes air-dry in your dishwasher rather than using the drying feature. When cooking on the range, use pot lids. Food will cook faster. Use cold water to scrape dirty dishes before putting them into the dishwasher and when running the garbage disposal. Use microwave for cooking when possible.
Wash laundry with less water and cooler water. About 90 percent of the energy used for washing clothes in a conventional top-load washer is for water heating. Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.
Dry towels and heavier-weight items in separate loads. Clean the dryer lint trap in the dryer after every load. Inspect the dryer vent regularly to make sure it is not kinked or clogged. Clean if needed. Dry consecutive loads to take advantage of the heat remaining in your dryer from the last load.
Replace any light bulb that burns more than one hour per day with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) equivalent. Install skylights to allow more natural light. This won’t be an immediate solution but will offer long term benefits. A qualified contractor would be able to install this easily. Turn lights off when not in use. Replace outdoor lighting with outdoor-rated CFL bulbs. Use outdoor security lights with a photocell and/or a motion sensor.
Unique home building wants the best for you and your family. From these simple tips to larger renovation projects, Unique wants your home to bring you peace of mind and comfort. Call us today to see what we can do for you!