Who doesn’t like extra cash in their wallet?
An easy way to save money is by applying simple, effective energy conservation methods. We do it all the time, whether we realize it or not. With a little intention and a little effort, you can really make a difference. You can off a light, you can air dry your clothes, and so on. These simple tricks lower your bills and keep more money in your pocket.
There are plenty of ways you can apply energy conservation methods to save you money. But before we go into action, we need to understand the background first.
What Does Energy Conservation Mean?
To put it simply, energy conservation is the prevention of wasted energy. When you conserve energy, you lower your energy consumption.
Why Should You Implement Energy Conservation Methods?
There are several good reasons why you should practice energy conservation. Not only will you save money and keep your bills low, but it’s great for the environment too. You can even increase the value of your property. Who doesn’t love greater home equity?
Now that you know what it all means and why you should do it, check out our favorite methods below to get started.
Top 11 Energy Conservation Methods
1. Switch to solar
It’s not just good for the environment, but possibly the easiest way to lower bills without foregoing your favorite electricity habits. Solar power helps your household use far less of the traditional utility-provided electricity, meaning you lower your bills dramatically. Solar panels also help offset the costs incurred during a power outage (including keeping appliances such as the refrigerator running).
Better still, solar rates are much more stable; you can lock in low electricity rates for a long time, while utilities raise rates frequently and unpredictably.
Read here how our solar installation process works to help save you money!
2. Change out your light bulbs
Take out your incandescent light bulbs and replace them with energy efficient light bulbs like LEDs or compact florecent bulbs. Although they are more expensive, they cost you less in the long run because they use less energy. They also last much, much longer – several years, in fact.
3. Buy appliances that are energy efficient
Make sure you purchase appliances with the ENERGY STAR label. Those come with a federal guarantee that your appliance will consume less energy. Again, these will be more expensive but will save you money over time.
4. Invest in a programmable thermostat
These are great for keeping costs low. You can set them to automatically turn off, or reduce heating or cooling in your home while you are away.
5. Seal air leaks in your home
Weatherize your home by making sure all windows and doors are properly sealed. Implement techniques like weather stripping or caulking. Make sure your attic is properly insulated to keep heat inside.
6. Turn off your electrical gadgets
Resist the urge to use stand by mode! You can save a lot of money by fully turning off your electrical gadgets and appliances.
You can save even more money by keeping things unplugged when you’re not using them – your toaster, your phone chargers, etc.
7. Upgrade your heating and air conditioning systems
Look for the ENERGY STAR label when replacing your heating and air conditioning equipment. Be sure to purchase your AC and furnace at the same time to ensure they operate at their maximum rated energy efficiency.
8. Add motion detectors to external lighting
This ensures external lights only come on when needed. And don’t forget to use energy efficient light bulbs! Halogen bulbs are great for external lighting.
9. Purchase low flow fixtures to conserve water
Buying low flow fixtures such as faucets, showerheads, or toilets can save gallons of water and save you money on your water bill.
10. Close your doors
It’s a good rule of thumb to make sure your refrigerator and oven doors stay closed. Keep that cold or hot air contained. Remember to close your front door as well.
11. Keep your filters clean
Always empty your dryer’s lint filter so the appliance operates efficiently. Also remember to change out the filter in your furnace regularly for the same reason.
Start Saving Money on Your Electric Bills
Implementing these energy conservation methods will make you energy efficient and save you money. They’re fast and easy to do, and there’s no reason to delay – especially on switching to solar power!
Reach out to Horizon Solar Power to set up a free consultation to see how solar power will put more money in your pocket each month!