5 Easy Home Energy Savers

In this day and age it is almost considered unfashionable to waste energy. In the old days, people would leave the faucet running while they brushed their teeth and the windows open when the air conditioner was on. As global warming makes its presence more and more known, mostly in the form of devastating natural disasters, it is up to us, as citizens of the world, to decrease our carbon footprint. Global warming specialists say that we shouldn’t panic, but if we want future generations to enjoy the same world we have now that it is crucial to take individual measures to limit our greenhouse gas emissions. The perfect place to start is in the home. Here are 5 easy home energy savers.

  1. The easiest way to reduce energy consumption in the home is to replace all those old incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. LED or light-emitting diode bulbs are all around good for the environment and will save you big on your next utility bill. For one, LED bulbs last up to ten times longer, which means you don’t have to keep going out to buy new bulbs. Also, they only use about a third of the energy that regular bulbs do. In addition, LED bulbs are mercury free so that when you do throw them out there is no need for concern that they might pollute our oceans.
  2. Make sure that your home is sealed from the outside in so that when you are blasting your air conditioner this summer you aren’t wasting energy. The same goes in the winter when you are blasting the heater. You can seal off windows, doors, and even any cracks in walls that you might find, using caulking or some kind of weather stripping product that you can usually find at your local hardware store.
  3. Keep a timer in your shower. One of the best ways waste energy in the home is to take a long shower. A typical shower should only take around 10 minutes. If you live with roommates, friends, or if you have a large family, keeping a timer in the shower is a great way to let everyone know when there time is up. It might also force people to be a little bit more concerned about their usage. You can usually find an inexpensive, waterproof clock online or check out your local home supply shop.
  4. When you are deciding between a ductless or central air conditioner it might be wise to look at the most energy efficient models. Typically, a ductless air conditioner, which sits on a window and has an outdoor and indoor portion to the unit, is a little more energy efficient, because it doesn’t leak as much. However, if you choose central air conditioner, be sure to mind the thermostat.
  5. Lastly, one of the easiest ways to save energy in the home is to be constantly aware. Make sure that you don’t run water when you don’t have to. And if it is hot outside, why not keep the windows open at night to keep the cool air in and then close the windows in the morning to keep it in during the day. Taking little steps like this will greatly increase your home energy efficiency and decrease your carbon footprint.

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