Most people have no idea how much money, not to speak of lowering of their carbon footprint, they can achieve with simple measures that improve energy conservation at home. These can be split into two categories: The first being simply using less energy and the other one is to using the energy more efficiently. There are thousands of ways you could achieve these things and this article summarizes probably the most important ones.
Let’s dig in deeper and see what measures that works best:
The first thing and probably the thing that most people don’t act on are simply to not forget to turn off lighting when you leave a room. There’s actually a lot of energy that is being used of lights stay on for some hours more than we need them to. The other thing about lighting is to look into if changing to energy saving bulbs could be beneficial.
Reducing room temperature is by far one of the most extreme cases of energy conservation, but this method is also the one where you could end up saving the most money. How many degrees lower can you turn the thermostat down and still live just as comfortably? Experiment and try different settings until you find one where comfort is on par with how much money you save each month.
Good insulation in your house is always important. Most houses have a lot to gain by upgrading their insulation. This makes sure that no excessive heat leaking comes out of your house, resulting in lower electricity consumption and a lower electricity bill.
Lastly, I want to advice you to turn off devices that you are not currently using. Just as with your lighting, the TV should also be completely shut off if you’re not using it. Mark, completely shut off does not mean putting it in standby-mode, because in many cases, this consumes almost the same amount power as if it was to be on.