How To Reduce Energy Consumption

Save money by using compact flourescent lightbulbsReducing energy consumption not only helps to save the environment, but can also save individuals money.

How to reduce our energy consumption is partly common sense, but is also being smart about our purchases.

Using some of the following ideas will not only help to reduce our energy consumption, but may put more money in our pocket.

1) Install or increase insulation in our homes -check for areas which were never insulated.

2) Regularly replace air filters in our furnace. Dirty filters will reduce the efficiency of a furnace.

3) On an annual basis, schedule a professional furnace cleaning and maintenance call.

4) Replace caulk and/or weather stripping to seal air leaks in doors and/or windows.

5) Research and buy the highest rated energy star appliances.

6) Switch out all light bulbs to compact florescent light bulbs

7) When leaving a room, turn the lights off.

8.) Keep our computer turned off when it’s not in use. Using the Smart Strip LCG5 Energy Saving Power Strip with Autoswitching Technology and Modem/Coaxial Surge Protection or unplugging it, will save even more.

9) Unplug all small appliances when not in use.

10) At home, dress in warmer clothes to avoid turning up the thermostat

11) When sleeping, lower our thermostat to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

12) Install an energy star programmable thermostat

13) When sitting, watching TV, and/or reading, have blankets and/or throws handy to use .

14) Use styrofoam vent “plugs”, to keep cold air from entering the crawl space of our home. When spring arrives, remove the vent plugs to allow air movement under our home. Save the vent plugs, as they are reusable for the future. (The can be purchased at most home improvement stores)

15) LED lights use very little energy. Use them where ever possible, e.g. Christmas or holiday lights, under the counter lights, etc.

16) Close heat vents in rooms that are not being used. Then, close the door to avoid heating an unused room

17) Purchase and use ceiling fans to push warm air down….heat rises. Reverse the fans in the summer to cool a room.

18) Take advantage of natural heat. Close window blinds when the sun sets. Open them in the morning to let the sun shine in. This will produce more light and natural heat.

19) On older windows, install storm windows, or use a protective barrier

20) Use cold water to wash clothes.

21) When shopping for a new washer, consider a front loading HE (high efficiency) model. They use less water, less detergent, and energy.

22) When drying clothes, use the automatic sensor. The dryer will shut off when the clothes are dry.

23) Turn down the temperature of our hot water heater

24) Use an insulating “blanket” for our hot water heater. They can be purchased in home improvement stores.

25) Use heavy drapes in the winter months to avoid cold air from “seeping in” from windows

26) For the summer months, adjust the thermostat on our air conditioner so it runs less often.

27) Planting shade trees will also help to keep our home cooler in the summer months.

28) Clean and/or change filters in our air conditioner to keep them running at their highest efficiency level.

29) Have our air conditioner professionally cleaned and serviced on an annual basis.

30) Close window blinds in the summer to keep our home cooler.

Using these tips could potentially lower our energy costs as well as reduce our energy consumption.

The savings are good for us and the reduction of energy consumption is good for the environment.

Photo credit: lowjumpingfrog

7 Comments Post a Comment
  1. patricia says:

    Very good list and very complete! And your ads work well with the suggestions. Thank you

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  2. BSwafford says:

    You’re welcome Patricia. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Lisa says:

    Wow! That is a great list. I also love your ads, especially the baby earth and the one on ecofriendly mattresses. I never would have thought about looking for a mattress like that. I have been researching how to reduce energy consumption in my home as well as wind and solar generation. I thought it would be harder to change, but it really isn’t. Off grid living is something else I have been looking into. You might want to take a look at my website if you are interested in these items. If we share our information with each other, maybe we can help spread the word to more people! Thank you for doing what you do!

  4. Connor Bell says:

    Led lights are great because they are long lasting and consumes less electricity.;`~

  5. Chris Newald says:

    Hi Barbara,

    You have a lot of great points here. We recently installed new windows. Not only did the house get incredibly quiet but we also had a huge savings each month. It’s not too surprising as our old windows were ancient wooden ones but the difference was incredible. We figure that with the air in the summer and heat in the winter, they will pay for themselves over a few years.

    Great post!

  6. Thank you Chris,

    From the sounds of it, that was a wise move on your part to replace the old windows. Not only are you seeing a reduction in your energy cost, but they also add additional value to your home.

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