Adopt these simple solutions to make your home more sustainable this Energy Efficiency Day

Posted On: October 5, 2018

This Energy Efficiency Day, October 5, and every day, we should strive to make our homes more energy efficient. Conserving energy provides many benefits, paramount of which are the advantages for the environment, monetary savings and reduced stress on the electrical grid.

Luckily reducing energy consumption is something that anyone can do without spending too much money. Try one or more of these quick, inexpensive tips to increase your home’s energy efficiency today.

Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

Making the switch to fluorescent light bulbs is a simple and low-cost way to increase energy efficiency. While the upfront costs of fluorescent light bulbs are higher than incandescent bulbs, the decrease in energy use will save you more money over time. In addition, fluorescent bulbs can last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs and use 25-35% less energy.

Switch off electronics when not in use

Idle electronics like toasters, printers, computers and coffee makers consume power. Unplugging gadgets when they’re not in use is a simple way to save energy. Doing so costs you nothing and can dramatically decrease your energy use over time.

Install a smart thermostat

Smart thermostats can be programmed to turn off or reduce heat while you are away from the home. There are a variety of models on the market, offering weekly schedules, indicators for when to change filters and notifications of HVAC issues. Programmable thermostats can save you up to $400 per year!

These simple, inexpensive tips can be the difference in saving hundreds of dollars per year and you doing your part in protecting the environment. Future generations will thank you!