Top 5 Energy Saving Tips (That You Can Do Today!)October 27, 2020
As solar power experts, we’re kind of passionate about saving energy. Like, really passionate. While solar panels have become incredible pieces of energy-saving technology, producing clean, sustainable energy directly for your home, there are many other simple ways to conserve energy and save money.
In today’s blog, we’ll outline our top 5 energy saving tips and how you start performing them today!
1. Embrace Natural Light
It shouldn’t be a surprise that we’d start off with our old friend, the sun. Sunlight is quite literally an endless source of energy, most of all, light. Making sure that your sun-facing windows allow natural light to pour into your home during the day is one of the most straightforward yet significant ways to save on your energy bill.
Leaving lights on needlessly during the day can waste precious energy, adding dollars to your electricity bill every month. No, thank you! Practice opening up the shades during the day and shutting lights off as you leave rooms at night, and you’ll be sure to see your energy bill drop.
2. Shutoff and Unplug Unused Appliances
Modern household appliances contain an incredible array of technology, meant to innovate and simplify home-life and to save energy. However, the ultimate best way to save energy is still to power down and unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Electronic devices and appliances that remain plugged in can silently drain power from your home, wasting energy and padding your monthly electricity bill. In fact, according to the National Resources Defense Council, “This always-on energy use by inactive devices translates to $19 billion a year — about $165 per U.S. household on average — and approximately 50 large (500-megawatt) power plants’ worth of electricity.”
3. Make Sure That Windows Are Sealed And Secured
Remember, heat is energy, therefore lost heat is wasted energy. According to Mass.gov, the average cost of heating your home by propane is $2,307 annually. This means that whenever heat escapes your home, it’s reaching into your wallet first and pulling out a few bucks before heading out. Making sure that windows and doors are shut, secure, and sealed is one of the best ways to save energy today. You may even want to look into replacing drafty windows as it will save you and your family money in the long run.
4. Install a Smart Thermostat
Thermostats have come a long since their invention in 1886. Nowadays, programmable smart thermostats allow you to check and set temperatures even while away from home, ensuring minimal wasted energy and money. Smart thermostats can also report your home’s energy consumption, allowing you to monitor where energy is potentially wasted. Tracking your home’s energy usage is the best way to tweak for energy efficiency and to save money.
5. Invest in Solar Power
Okay, yes – we may have a slight bias here. But come on! Solar energy is fantastic! And, solar power doesn’t have to include installing solar panels onto your home (although we’re pretty good at that). There are so many exciting and useful solar-powered gadgets and gizmos available such as phone chargers, backpacks, speakers, and cameras to charge your devices, go camping, and even use them within your home to save electricity. Remember, utilizing solar power saves money. And hey, it even benefits our planet along the way. Not too shabby of a deal, if we do say so ourselves.