1. Switch to Energy-efficient Lights and Fans
One of the most effective and simplest ways to reduce your energy bills is to switch over the lighting of your home to fluorescent bulbs. Skeptics have been raising concerns about the safe environmental disposal of these bulbs due to their mercury content. However, if you follow proper disposal instructions, this concern becomes addressed fully.
A single fluorescent bulb can produce light equivalent to an incandescent lamp at 70 to 80 percent lower cost. Therefore, if you change the complete lighting of your home to this energy efficient form of lighting, you can decrease the energy costs substantially. Similarly, install ceiling fans or buy portable pedestal fans for your home. This will reduce your need for air conditioning in the summers, and it is also a more environment friendly alternative.
2. Weatherstrip the Doors and Windows
One of the best lines of defense against the sun in hot summers and chilly winds and snow in winters is weatherstripping.* Once you weatherstrip every window and door in the home, you will be surprised by how much your energy bill becomes reduced.
Identify other gaps in your home for heat loss such as mechanical chases, mail slots, chimney, and outlets on exterior walls. Air leakage is one of the key factors responsible for heat loss in your home, so plug the leaks.
3. Regularly Maintain all Electrical Appliances
Make sure that various domestic appliances at your home such as the refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, microwave, and other kitchen gadgets are maintained in outstanding and operable condition.
Simple DIY maintenance projects can do the job for you, or you may make an annual appliance maintenance and repair contract with a professional company. This will significantly reduce your home energy consumption over a period of time.
4. Use Appliances Efficiently
When you use the washing machine with your dryer, try to wash the bulk of clothes in a single cycle. This will ensure that multiple loads of clothes are dried while the dryer is already warm. Similarly, adjust the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer according to the load and your cooling needs. If you have a computer at home, set it to auto deep sleep mode to save energy when it is not in use.
5. Install a Solar Device
If your environment receives plenty of sunshine for a major part of the year, consider installing a solar energy device or roof solar panels to reduce your monthly energy bills. Solar energy is clean, green, and renewable. You can also receive tax credits for such a move. Lead by example and conserve the environment while cutting down your energy costs with a solar device.