10 energy saving hacks for your home

NOV 24, 2017 AT 07:27 AM

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10.Install solar panels in your home and use energy-efficient bulbs

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In this age of environmental conservation, there is a lot of sensitization on using clean energy sources, for example solar and wind power. When you have solar panels installed on your house, it can save you as much as 30% on your energy bills. It does not hurt that you protect the environment as well.

Replacing old halogen and incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs can save power because they last longer. You can apply to change them for free or at some cost.

During winter and fall months, your house can get cold, forcing you to turn up your heater. The more hours and days, you turn it up, the higher your energy bill – but you cannot live without the heat. During other days, most consumption is due to things like the refrigerator and microwave, but you really cannot eliminate these items from your home.

So what uses the most energy in your home?

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Comfort in this modern age comes at a high cost. Keeping all your appliances functioning including chargers, cookers, refrigerators and other household appliances makes up the third largest energy use in the US.

Cooking and central heating – the biggest culprit. It uses up about 47% of energy.

Water heating - energy use is about 14%

Washing machine and dryer – energy use is 13%

Lighting – energy use is 12%

Refrigerator – energy use is 4%

Electric oven – energy use is 3 to 4%

TV, DVD, Cable box – energy use is 3%

Dishwasher – energy use is 2%

Computer – energy use is 1%

One of the easiest ways you can save on energy use is to shut off devices that still suck power even when they are off, or what are also called ‘vampire electronics’. They include digital cable or satellite DVRs, Central heating furnaces, laptops and computers, DVRs, DVD players, routers and modems, televisions, microwaves, phones and gaming consoles. 

As Warren Buffet once said, a penny saved is a penny earned - so be more efficient with how you use your energy and you will reduce the impact to the environment as well as your wallet.

After figuring out what appliances use the most energy, it is also good to find out energy efficient electronics.

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During winter and fall months, your house can get cold, forcing you to turn up your heater. The more hours and days, you turn it up, the higher your energy bill – but you cannot live without the heat. During other days, most consumption is due to things like the refrigerator and microwave, but you really cannot eliminate these items from your home.