Learn how you can maximize your savings by making changes in the way you use your appliances and energy. Our energy consulting group focused on methods to reduce energy waste that involve creating habits to reduce waste, along with ensuring your home or apartment is not causing energy to be wasted due to faulty structures or overlooked energy drains.
Understanding your the largest drains of energy can allow us focus on where we may be wasting the most. As we review our largest energy drains, we can begin to rethink our energy usage and understand the measures required to reduce these costs as well as reduce waste.
Cooling and heating: 47% of energy use Water heater: 14% of energy use Washer and dryer: 13% of energy use Lighting: 12% of energy use Refrigerator: 4% of energy use Electric oven: 3-4% of energy use TV, DVD, cable box: 3% of energy use Dishwasher: 2% of energy use Computer: 1% of energy use
It's no surprise that cooling and heating make up the largest energy allocation, using air conditioning to remain cool in the summer, and conversely using your heating system to remain warm during the winter. By focusing on efficient temperature control the cost of heating and cooling can decrease drastically.
Switching to darker blinds to reduce greenhouse heat Keeping the cool air in during the day by keeping the windows closed Keep cooking to a minimum, or for smaller meals choose a toaster over Taking cool/cold showers can keep you cool for hours Sealing cracks in window seals and around door frames to prevent cool air from escaping Reducing clutter to allow air to flow more freely Clean your fan blades to maximize out put Wear looser clothing, preferably cotton Minimize indoor lighting to keep the room ambient temperature low Soak your feet in cool water when relaxing outdoors to reduce the need for A/C once inside Hack: place sheets in freezer for up to ten minutes before bed. Put sheet in freezer bag first.
Keep windows and doors closed when possible Wear socks at all times to retain body heat Use thick blinds to reduce the cooling of the surrounding air Opt for hot soups and hot tea or coffee to stay warm Using space heaters when you generally spend time in one room Program your thermostat to run on a regular daily schedule Drink warm water Layer your clothing, and be sure to keep wool or silk as the layer closest to your skin to reduce dryness Close doors for rooms that are rarely used Spend time together; being in the same room as others allows more heat to be centralized in one location Be mindful of any cracks or openings that can allow warm air to escape through