The Basics of Energy and Water Conservation for Homeowners

Global warming is causing a ripple effect across the globe. It is manifesting itself in many ways: extreme storms, rising sea levels, floods, tsunamis and even droughts. In fact, the state of California is currently in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recorded history – some reservoirs are down to a trickle. Many counties in the state are actually forcing people to cut back. However, energy and water conservation is important for homeowners in any industrialized nation. Blasting air conditioners and heaters, excess appliance use and leaving lights on is literally contributing to the destruction of the environment. Don’t you want to leave a better future behind? Here are some of the basics of energy and water conservation for homeowners.

  1. You may not have to go with the main utility company that services your area. Many people think that they have to go with the main utility provider in their area. However, there is a good chance that your area is deregulated, or is not controlled, by a single provider. If this is the case, you may want to go with a more affordable energy provider, like Ambit Energy.
  2. Energy efficient appliances actually work and should be utilized by all homeowners. When you purchase new appliances – whether you are looking for a new dishwasher or a new dryer – you want to make sure that you look at the SEER rating before you buy. You may also want to look for the Energy Star logo. Both these things will let you know that the appliance is efficient and will help save energy.
  3. Just because appliances are turned off and plugged in, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t using energy. Have you ever heard of ghost appliances? Ghost appliances – sometimes called vampire appliances – are appliances that are plugged in and charging, like a tablet device or laptop. Even though they are turned off, they are still using energy. One of the most important¬†energy saving tips¬†is to turn these items off completely, and unplug them. Some of the biggest ghost appliances are computers and cellphones that have a rechargeable battery.
  4. It is important to perform an energy audit or inspection on a yearly basis. On top of making sure your appliances aren’t sucking down too much energy, you also want to make sure that you perform an annual energy audit. This energy audit will cover all the bases – from your attic to the windows in the main portion of your house and all the way down to the basement. You want to look for any energy inconsistencies and leaks.
  5. Install low flow toilets and shower heads to save big on water usage. One of the best ways to conserve water is to install low flow shower heads and toilets in your home. Many homeowners are spending thousands of dollars more than they should on water usage per year and they are wasting thousands of gallons of water. These low flow appliances will restrict water usage and save multiple gallons of water per flush or shower. In the end, this is one of the most efficient ways to cut back on water.

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