Home Hacks – Efficiency

Tips & tricks that YOU can do today to make your home energy efficient!

Save Power by Unplugging Unused Electronics

Every electronic device in your home takes energy to run. Did you know they also take electricity when they’re not being used? An easy way to remedy this is to unplug electronic devices when not in use. Sure, just unplugging the toaster may not make a huge difference, but unplugging other electric devices like phone chargers, small appliances, and lamps around the house can turn into noticeable savings.

Use Power Strips

Power strips (aka surge protectors) are a dynamic force when it comes to powering off excessive devices and plugs. Some energy hogs never really “turn off” when you turn off their switch. Like PC desktops.

Plug them into a power strip, then just flip that strip off, and all those hungry devices will stop eating energy simultaneously.

Upgrade Your Water Heater

If you have an older water heater, you may be using more power than you think. The power it takes to heat the water for your shower adds up and it’s something you use every day. Energy efficient water heaters can save you money in the long run by being more efficient in producing hot water.

Go Old School – with a Clothesline

In the days of old, when smart watches were sci-fi, you saw clotheslines everywhere. The logic is simple: reducing electricity usage! The less electricity you rely on, the more of an efficient, cost-saving person you’ll become!

Pack Your Freezer more Tightly

When you open your freezer, all the freezing cold air is going to come out. That means when you close it the freezer has to produce more and that can get expensive over time. A way to prevent this is to pack your freezer full of stuff. You can do things like bags of ice or even newspaper if you have it laying around. When your freezer is packed, it keeps the cold air in. That means your freezer works less and uses less electricity.

Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Light bulbs are among the most energy hungry things people use. They don’t use a lot of electricity on their own. However, when you have half a dozen lights on all day and night, things start adding up. According to Energy Star, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL bulbs) use up to 75 percent less energy. That means every four days a CFL bulb stays on it uses as much energy as a regular light bulb does for one.

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