Ways to Conserve Energy in 2020
Creative Ways to Conserve Energy in the New Year
Is saving money on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Or are you making an effort to reduce your carbon footprint in 2020? You can do both with these 10 creative and inexpensive ways to conserve energy throughout the year.
Use space heaters in the winter
Rather than heating your entire house to keep warm in the winter, consider using a portable space only in the occupied rooms of your home. For example, if you are watching television in your den, then you can keep the house thermostat low while the space heater keeps you toasty. This can help prevent a lot of wasted energy all winter long.
Use ceiling fans year round
In the winter, run your ceiling fans on low speed in a clockwise direction. This creates an updraft that helps circulate warm air throughout the room. In the summer, running the ceiling fan counterclockwise helps cool the room and reduces your dependence on air conditioning.
Unplug energy vampires
Energy vampires are those electronics that suck energy when they are simply plugged in. Often, they’re just displaying a digital clock, but it takes energy to keep those numbers lit up. Unplug your coffee maker, microwave, computer, video game console, toaster oven, and any other small appliance when not in use to conserve energy and save on your electricity bill.
Switch to compact fluorescent lighting
Another way to conserve energy is to use compact fluorescent lightbulbs exclusively. They carry an upfront cost because they are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but they are a great long-term investment. CFLs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and last for an average of 7 years.
Install low-flow fixtures
Low-flow shower and faucet fixtures certainly help reduce your water usage, but because you’re using less water, you’re also using less energy to heat that water. It’s a double savings opportunity.
Keep vents clear
Scope out all the heating and cooling vents in your home, and make sure there is no furniture, drapery, or other obstructions blocking the flow of hot or cool air. Otherwise, you may wind up cranking the heat or A/C to compensate.
Install a programmable thermostat
One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is to get a programmable thermostat. Most of us, for example, don’t need the thermostat set to 72 degrees while we’re out of the house or sleeping. Set it lower during those times and then have the heat kick on before you wake up or return home. It’s estimated that a programmable thermostat can save you up to 20% on your energy bill.
Use cold water to wash clothes
Heating up water for a hot wash cycle uses more energy and isn’t always necessary. Today’s machines and detergents get clothes just as clean in a cold only cycle.
Air dry dishes
Most dishwasher today come with a heated dry feature. That’s a ton of energy wasted, just to dry dishes. Instead, when your dishwasher cycle is done, just open the dishwasher door and let the natural process of evaporation get your dishes dry. You’ll be surprised at how quickly and completely your dishes dry on their own.
Conserve energy in the kitchen
If you do a lot of cooking at home, then there are several ways to conserve energy. When boiling water, keep the lid on the pot for a faster boil and less energy use. Make sure your pot or pan isn’t too big or small for the burner you’re using. Finally, consider using a toaster oven instead of your large oven for smaller baked or broiled dishes.
We encourage you to try these 10 ways to conserve energy in the New Year. You’ll likely see a significant decrease in your energy bill, and you’ll be doing your part to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
If you’re looking for additional ways to save on your energy bill, then speak to the experts at Apollo Electric. We can help you find efficient and stylish lighting solutions for your home or office. We’ve been providing the five boroughs of New York City with exceptional electrical services since 1995. With Apollo, you can expect fast, reliable service from a professional team of friendly and experienced contractors. Contact Apollo Electric today.