Ten best ways to save energy (part 1)

If you want to reduce your household’s energy use, there are many ways for you to do so, from simple behavioral adjustments to extensive home improvements. There are two major aims for saving energy are to save on utility bills and to protect the environment. Here is a list of ten best ways, from the simplest to the most intensive methods, to conserve energy in your home.

1. Adjust your daily behaviors

To reduce energy use in your home, you don’t need to go out and purchase energy-efficient products. Energy-saving can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances whenever you do not need them. Or instead of using energy-intensive appliances, you can perform household tasks manually, such as hang-drying your clothes rather than putting them in the dryer, or washing dishes by hand.

The behavior adjustments that have the highest potential for energy savings are using your air conditioner less in the summer and turning down the heat on your thermostat in the winter. Heating and cooling costs about half of an average home’s utility bills, so these reductions in the frequency and intensity of heating and cooling makes the greatest savings.

You can use several tools to figure out where most of your electricity is going in your home and understand which appliances are consuming the most energy on a day-to-day basis.

2. Replace your light bulbs

Traditional incandescent light bulbs use an excessive amount of electricity and need to be replaced more often than their energy-efficient alternatives. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), halogen incandescent bulbs, and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use about 25-80% less electricity and last 3-25 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Although energy-efficient bulbs are more expensive, their efficient energy consumption and longer service lives mean that they cost less in the long term. These are the clear winners when it comes to their environmental and financial benefits.

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