10 Home Energy-Saving Tips, Tricks, and Tech Gadgets

December 6, 2016
by  Cindy Metzler
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Can you guess the biggest contributor to your carbon footprint? Spoiler alert: it’s not your car! Rather, for most of us at least, it’s our homes. Even if climate change doesn’t worry you, energy efficiency still should be on your radar. Saving energy at home not only helps the environment, but is also one of the easiest ways to save money! Being more energy-efficient and lower bills go hand-in-hand, and that’s something that appeals to us all.

But with so many different energy-saving products and advice out there, it’s hard to decipher which are worth it, and which are an outright waste. To help you save the world, and your wallet, here is a list of some of the best energy-saving tips, tricks, and tech gadgets that I’ve found are actually worth the time, effort, and price!

1- Unplug What’s Not in Use: Just leaving appliances and electronics plugged in sucks away precious energy. Even your cellphone charger is a culprit! To put an end to this wastefulness, try to follow this rule: if you’re not using it, unplug it! It’s that simple. 

2- Glow Right with LED Lighting: Light up your home by saying goodbye to your compact fluorescent lights bulbs and hello to LEDs. They use a fraction of the energy, last longer, and provide a better quality light. Not to mention, LED lighting is totally safe!

3- Switch to Higher SEER A/C: SEER is an acronym for Season Energy Efficiency Ration and tells you how energy efficient your air conditioner is. The higher the SEER rating, the less energy your air conditioner will use to cool your home. Make the switch easier by finding a screened quality pro at Good AC Guy who can help you do your homework.

4- Check Insulation: Good insulation keeps cooled or heated air inside your home and saves a ton of energy. If you have gaps around your windows or doors, you might as well have a hole in your wall. Check the insulation of your home so that if there are any openings, you can fix them. Most utility companies incentivize homeowners to conduct audits.

5- Try Programmable Thermostats: Stay cool (or warm) with programmable or smart thermostats. These thermostats help reduce your carbon footprint by turning down the air conditioning or heat when you’re out of the house. Nest claims they can save consumers 10 to 12 percent on their heating bills and 15 percent on their cooling costs.

6- Wash & Dry Efficiently: Just a few changes to your laundry routine can have a huge impact on your energy consumption. In general, try to only do full loads and use cold water. When it’s time to dry, opt to line-dry them if possible. Nothing beats the fresh scent if clothing dried by Mother Nature. 

7- Automated Controls: Energy management systems give you the ultimate control of your energy usage. These systems grant you control of your lights, heating and air system, stereo, appliances, and security system all through a remote or with your smartphone. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to turn the lights off or if you left your iron on again. 

8- Invest in a Power Monitor: Home power monitors are a great way to figure out how much energy you’re using throughout the day so that you can make changes accordingly and find out the biggest suckers. They can even help you figure out the best times to run appliances, such as your dishwasher.

9- Smart Power Strips: If unplugging all of your appliances and electronics around the house every night is exhausting and time consuming, try using smart power strips. These strips cut phantom power from anything and everything plugged into it and are ideal for hard to reach plugs or anyone looking to save some time.

10- Swapping Shower Heads: It’s might seem almost too easy, but merely replacing your old shower head with a more efficient one can significantly help you reduce the rate of water flow. It’s a great and simple way to drop your water usage without forcing you to take shorter showers.

Start living green, and saving green while you’re at it! It’s easy, and so worth the reward… for your pocket and the planet ;).

 

 

Cindy Metzler


Cindy is an entrepreneur, digital strategist, wife, mother, cancer survivor, yoga enthusiast, and passionate networker. Cindy runs a marketing company called Omm Media and most recently launched Good AC Guy and Good Life Blog.
or visit www.goodacguy.com

TAGS: Air Conditioning, Energy Tips, HOME, Nest, Programmable Thermostats, Savings

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