Who wants to pay more for their energy bills? What, you mean no one wants to pay more? Well, by not taking some simple energy efficiency steps you are saying that you do. Here are some simple steps to dropping those energy bills today!
With winter approaching, some people will instantly reach for the thermostat to turn up the heat. Turning up the heat shouldn’t be the first approach to the cooler temperatures. Keeping your temperature as low as possible for as long as possible should be the goal. As simple as it sounds, putting on a sweater, sweatshirt or warmer pants can prolong that trip to the thermostat. Keeping your feet covered with warm slippers or socks is critical to being warm. That wonderful afghan or throw blanket that is on the back of the couch will also prolong the furnaces’ debut. Encourage your family to dress warmly, and comfortably to keep that thermostat as low as possible and for as long as possible.
Make sure that your washing machine and dryer are doing full loads. This too is an important step in your quest for a more energy efficient home. Your washing machine is going to use the same amount of water and energy for a full load as it does one that isn’t full. Why not get the most for your money and only do full loads. Check your dryer settings for one that measures the moisture in the dryer and shuts off when the clothes are dry. This is the most efficient setting. Your dryer will know when to stop, which helps stop over drying and wasting energy.
Turn off the water! When washing your hands, taking a shower, brushing your teeth or washing dishes, don’t unnecessarily run the water. Especially the hot water. This is not only a waste of electricity and energy, it is a waste of water. Encourage your family to do the same.
Turn off the lights! If a room is empty, turn off the lights. Remind your family that lights are easily forgotten and can sometimes run all day. Do a room check before leaving your house for lights that have been left on.
Keep the humidity level in your home at comfortable level. Moist warm air feels warmer than it truly is. The moisture in the air will make your home feel warmer than a dryer home at the same temperature. The optimum humidity level for your home is 45%. Your home’s moisture level can be easily monitored with a hygrometer.
For a good, long term energy efficient investment, consider replacing those old worn out windows with new replacement vinyl windows. New vinyl replacement windows will stop that unwanted heat and air exchange that can be happening around your old windows. With all the great advancements in window manufacturing, the vinyl window today is leagues above the original vinyl window of long ago. With wonderful benefits like, multiple glass options, life time warranty, and many colors, vinyl is the choice for today.
Using less energy is a great way to lessen your family’s utility bills, and make your home more comfortable. You will feel better knowing that you are doing all you can do to use the least amount of energy as possible.