7 Surprising Energy Saving Tips
When it comes to saving energy in your home, there are some things most of us have heard (‘Use LED’s instead of traditional incandescent lighting’ and ‘Take advantage of the sun, use your blinds and shades’.) But here are a few ideas that you may find useful and surprising:
1.) Utilize power during non-peak hours. When everybody in the area is using electricity in the daytime, it creates more strain on the utility system. But running your dishwasher, clothes washer, and other appliances at night, you help conserve energy. *Bonus tip* wash clothes in cold water to save an average of $65 per year.
2.) Break out the old fashioned ice trays. Most refrigerators these days have a feature to make convenient little ice cubes for us. By turning off that feature you can save your fridge’s energy usage by as much as 20%!
3.) Bring some light to your corners. Putting a lamp with a low-wattage bulb in the corner of a room will bring as much illumination as a higher-wattage bulb in the center of the room. The soft light bounces off the walls and is also much nicer on the eyes.
4.) Install low-flow plumbing fixtures. Low flow toilets can save up to 12,000 gallons of water per year. Additionally, it’s now the law! As of January 1st, 2017, if you own a single family residential home built before 1994 the law requires you to install water conserving plumbing features.
5.) Get rid of vampire power. “Vampire power” is the wasted electricity generated when electronic devices are plugged into outlets *unplug them*. Also, you can put larger things (like TVs and computers) on a power strip that way you can just flip the switch off when not in use.
6.) Give your heating system love. Schedule regular maintenance and cleaning appointments to keep your heating system working as efficiently as possible. Also, don’t forget to check your furnace filter every few months and replace as needed.
7.) Give your home a check-up. Find out if there are other ways that you could be saving money in your home. You can set up an energy tracker for your online. You can see how much energy you are using by the month, day, even hour! Check out www.PGE.com for more info.
I hope you have found some of these tips helpful and are able to implement some of these energy savings ideas into your home.
By Michelle Rowland
Broker Associate #01469380