Are you looking to make your home more energy efficient and save on your electric bill? Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a huge home improvement project. Implementing just a few small and smart steps can make your home more efficient, which will reduce your energy costs and reduce your home’s impact on the environment. Curious? Here are four easy steps on how to make your home energy efficient:
- Use advanced power strips. Did you know that plugged in appliances and electronics continue to use electricity even when they’ve been turned off? This wasted electricity is known as ‘vampire power’ or ‘standby power loss’. You can eliminate this problem by using an advanced power strip that’ll both protect your electronics from electrical surges to cut out standby power loss.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats are another great quick fix that can save you a ton of money with little to no effort on your part. Simply change out your old thermostat and schedule the new programmable thermostat according to your schedule for energy efficient. For instance, during winter you might set the thermostat lower while the household is at work or school to reduce energy costs and then have it automatically return to a more comfortable level during late afternoons and evenings.
- Replace traditional light bulbs with LED. LED lights are very energy efficient compared to traditional light bulbs due to their ability to produce the same (and sometimes even greater) light output with less energy over a much longer lifespan (up to 20 times longer). All of these benefits are great for both the environment and your pocketbook.
- Add ceiling fans. During summer, ceiling fans are great at circulating air and keeping a room feeling cool without using as much electricity as a home air conditioner. During the winter, you can reverse the blade spin so that the fan forces heated air down from the ceiling to keep you feeling warmer for less.