Energy Conservation: 20 Simple Ways to Make a Big Difference
The path to a sustainable future is using renewable technologies, but it starts with energy conservation. I wanted to outline some simple ways we can all conserve more energy. If the entire population adopted these practices, it would make a large impact on our energy consumption.
- Set your thermostat at 68 degrees F in the winter and 78 degrees F in the summer (health permitting)
- Install a timer for your thermostat or manually adjust it when you leave your home or go to bed.
- Lower your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees F
- Only run a full dishwasher or full load of laundry
- Turn off the water when you can during brushing your teeth, dish washing, etc.
- Air dry dishes instead using your dishwasher’s dryer cycle
- Take shorter, less hot showers
- Buy a water heater blanket to keep your water heater insulated
- Install aerators on faucets, ultra-low flow toilets, and water-saving shower heads
- Buy a front-loader washing machine instead of a top-loader
- Switch your laundry cycle from warm/hot to cool/cold
- Hang dry your laundry instead of using a clothes dryer
- When you do use your clothes dryer, make sure to keep the lint filter clean
- When a lightbulb needs to be changed, replace it with a CFL instead of an incandescent bulb
- Buy high-efficiency ENERGY STAR-rated appliances
- Turn off lights and appliances (computers, televisions, etc) when not in use
- Place home entertainment electronics on a power strip and turn off the power strips when media is not in use
- Weatherize your home by insulating your attic and walls
- Clean or replace filters for your AC or furnace regularly
- Use a fan instead of AC whenever possible
These are just a short list of many ways you can have a more energy-efficient home or business and SAVE MONEY. Most of these tips are easy to implement and you will see the return immediately. Others require a little more time and investment, but the savings will be worth it over time. As a solar contractor, I believe strongly in renewable fuels, but they need to be augmented by energy efficiency and conservation.