Nobody’s perfect, right? We all have daily mistakes we make, and plenty of room for improvement. Well, when it comes to our energy usage in our homes we can all make some easy switches and habit corrections to help us improve. You’re paying for every kilowatt hour of energy that surges through your home, so why don’t you pay for just a few less? Do you know how you’re wasting energy? Let’s see if any of these sound familiar.
Seven Ways You Are Wasting Energy in Your Home
- Vampires – a “vampire” appliance is one which sucks energy even when not in use. Did you know that a cable box that isn’t even used for a whole year could cost up to $40 per year in power bills? Unplug appliances when not in use if you can.
- Lights – we all leave lights on, intentionally or accidentally. If you left a single bulb on the whole time you were at work for a year it could cost you over $15 a year – imagine if you left on more lights! Put lights on a timer, or create a habit of turning off lights as you leave rooms.
- Dishwasher – it’s common for households to wash a load of dishes every day, even if the washer isn’t full. Instead, wait until you have a full load, every day and a half or two days. It will save you money.
- Heat – there’s a reason your dad was always complaining about it. Having your thermostat set to a high temperature costs you a lot. Turn it down a few degrees for big savings.
- Constant Temperature – A high (or low) temperature isn’t the only problem. Many people get into the habit of leaving their thermostat at the same temperature all the time. Getting a programmable thermostat means big savings because you can allow for more natural temperatures while you aren’t home.
- Door Open Lights – Do you ever leave the microwave, oven, dryer, fridge, or other appliance doors open? Chances are they have an automatic light that will stay on, sucking energy. Practice closing all doors after each use.
- Poor Insulation – if you have an older home with poor insulation, you’re spending more on extra power just to maintain a stable temperature. Installing storm windows or upgrading siding can make a big difference in your energy consumption.