As it was Earth Day yesterday, we should all be conscious of making small changes in order to reduce our energy consumption to do our part in saving the planet. According to NASA, the average surface temperature has risen 1 degrees Celsius higher. This has detrimental effects on ocean ecosystems as sea levels have risen due to shrinking ice sheets and retreating glaciers.
Here are a few tips I compiled from Enercare and Direct Energy that you can use to reduce your energy consumption and save money.
1. Switch to LED lightbulbs.
Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs is one of the fastest and easiest ways to cut costs on your energy bills. By replacing your home's most frequently used light fixtures with LED bulbs, you will save a significant amount of money.
2.Manage Your Electronics
Smartphones, laptops, game consoles, and chargers each use small amounts of electricity when plugged in, even if not in use. That together adds up to major electricity costs so be sure to unplug them when not in use. Take advantage of “sleep” modes for your laptop and TV. Be sure to turn these devices off when not in use. Set your TV’s display brightness to automatically adjust to the room’s lighting.
3. Get Double Paned Windows
Your windows make up about 15 to 20 percent of your home’s surface. If windows are leaking air from cracks and gaps, you’re throwing money away. Even the best sealed single pane windows have a low R-value (also known as insulating property). Double pane windows are important as they raise your R-value by creating an insulating air gap that blocks heat from leaving the house.
4. Use Energy Efficient Appliances
Energy efficient appliances are held at a standard in which they reduce energy consumption. When purchasing appliances such as fridges, washing/drying machines, or dishwashers, make sure they are ENERGY STAR certified.
5. Wash Clothes in Cold Water
At 25 gallons per use, your washing machine defeats your shower and dishwasher combined in hot water usage. It is important to use cold water to wash your clothes. Also remember that If your washer is older than 10 years, you should replace it. Newer washers can hold more clothes and therefore use less energy and water.
Be sure to check out Enercare's full article here as they offer over 15 ways to help reduce your energy consumption!