We all want to save energy and money, right? But it’s not always so easy — perhaps you don’t have the time for a home energy audit, or maybe there simply isn’t room in the budget for that energy-saving appliance you want.
No worries! Here are some quick and easy ways to reduce your home energy usage right now.
Reduce hot water usage
Don’t worry — you don’t have to take a low-flow shower! But heating up hot water does require energy, so take the simple and painless route:
- Adjust the water heater’s temperature. Lower your water heater to 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). An added bonus — you’ll lower the risk of scalding accidents.
- Don’t overuse the dishwasher. Try to run your dishwasher only once a day or when it’s completely full. See if your utility company offers savings for running appliances at off-peak times.
- Wash clothes in cold water. Most modern detergents clean clothes very well with cold water. If you have items that you really need to wash in hot water, save them up and do one hot load every few weeks.
Projected savings: Up to $250 per year, depending on the number of people in your home.
Turn it off
Little things add up! An easy way to save money on your energy bill is turning off the lights, electronics, and other energy users when you’re not using them.
- Leave a room, switch lights off. Make a habit of turning off everything in the room when you leave it — the TV, lights, your computer, etc.
- Get the kids involved. Make a game out of turning off the lights instead of constantly reminding them to do it. Offer some sort of small, non-monetary reward for remembering to turn off their bedroom lights for a week.
- Install countdown timer light switches. For intermittently used rooms, such as the bathroom or laundry room, install a countdown timer light switch that will turn off the lights after a specified period, so you don’t ever have to worry about it.
Projected savings: Between $100-$300 per year, depending on the number of people and rooms in your home.
Continue reading on Zillow to see how to save on your heating and cooling bill.