Energy loss is the single biggest expense on our home energy bills. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to reduce that loss– and not only save money, but help save the planet by living greener. Here are some of the most simple yet least expensive ideas we can easily incorporate into our daily lives:
- You’re living in Colorado, so let that sun work for you! Keep the curtains open to let the sun’s warmth in. Close them at night to reduce heat loss.
- Switch to cold-water wash and save about 80 percent of energy used for laundry.
- Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket, and insulate your hot water pipes.
- Turn off any electrical items you’re not using.
- Keeping the fireplace damper closed when not in use will keep warm air from escaping.
- Rather than keep a porch or door light on all night long, install motion sensors on outdoor lights.
- A water-saving showerhead can save as much as $40 a year.
- Take shorter showers.
- Don’t run the dishwasher until it’s full.
- Reduce the water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
- LED light bulbs provide an 85% energy savings over incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer.
- Turn down the thermostat. It is estimated that each one-degree drop can reduce your energy bill by 1-3 percent. To save even more money, drop your thermostat by five to ten degrees while you sleep. You’ll sleep better–and lower your bill by 10-15 percent.
- Why heat rooms you don’t go into? Close doors and heat registers in rooms you don’t use, and save about $50 a year.
- Don’t let the water run continuously while you shave or brush your teeth.
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