Have you ever opened your power bill and been shocked to see the cost? Have you ever compared your bill with your neighbors and realized you’re paying way more for your energy? Have you heard your friends talk about “going green” and making their homes more energy efficient? It can be confusing and frustrating, and you may not know where to start. You don’t need to make a huge switch to a totally “green” household, and you don’t need to turn your whole routine upside down. The first thing to do is start tackling your bad energy-wasting habits to save power – and money – the easy way.
6 Energy Wasting Habits
- Leaving the Lights On. We all do this, and it’s costing us money. Try to remember to turn off all your lights when you leave a room. It can also help to designate a “Light Captain” to sweep your home and turn off lights at night or before you leave the house. Consider timers for exterior lights too!
- Running Extra Loads/Batches. You can save energy by combining loads and batches of things you do regularly. Try to run full loads of washing, and utilize your kitchen appliances more effectively.
- Leaving things Plugged In. Leaving stuff plugged in actually does waste fractional amounts of power. If you use appliances on and off, try mounting a sign or note above the plug to remind you to unplug them when not in use.
- Cranking it. Do you turn your AC or fridge as cold as it can go? Do you blast the heat all winter? Consider turning it down (or up) just a notch or two. More moderate temperatures are easier to maintain and use less power.
- Open Doors & Windows. A fresh breeze in spring is amazing. Just don’t forget to close that window or door if you have the AC running. You are losing expensive power every second your house fights to maintain a temperature against the outside elements.
- Not Watching Your Bill. In today’s age, so much of what we do is automatic. Automatic bill pay is an excellent way to make sure you never miss a payment. Unfortunately this means a lot of families aren’t even looking at their power bill. You could be experiencing huge swings in your power usage that cannot be accounted for, so it’s important to check your bill carefully each time and make adjustments accordingly.
If you’re still concerned about wasted or expensive energy for your home, maybe it’s time to consider solar. It’s a great time to move your home to the clean, renewable energy of the sun! Call Mountain States Solar & Roofing for more information today!