Monitoring energy consumption, fixing a few leaky faucets and switching to CFLs, would help your home become more eco-friendly and energy-efficient.
It’s no secret that people spend too much power and water running their appliances and doing their everyday chores. People don’t care if their TVs are always turned on, if their faucet is leaking constantly, if their air-conditioner is running for the whole day, etc.
But there could be some serious repercussions if we continue with this type of behavior.
Luckily, there are some easy and cheap ways to make your home more eco-friendly and energy-efficient. We have for you four great and quick fix ups for your home, so you too can make your home green.
Use energy saving bulbs
First of all, switch your regular light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. These regular bulbs are what we call incandescent bulbs and you should replace them with CFLs or compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs will significantly lower your energy bill in the long run, because they only use about a quarter of the wattage of the regular bulbs. Additionally, they last a lot longer, averaging about 10,000 hours per light bulb.
Some studies have shown that if every household in the United States switched one regular bulb with a CFL one, we would save enough energy to shut down one coal power plant. So, if you want to contribute to the wellbeing of our planet, and by doing so reduce your energy bill, replace every bulb in your house with CFLs immediately.
Repair leaky faucets
A lot of people don’t pay attention to their leaky faucets. The reasoning behind this is that it is a small drip, but over a long period of time this will add up and you will end wasting a substantial amount of water. The majority of leaks we can spot because they are minor, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be fixed.
To check if your toilet is leaking, put some food coloring in the tank, wait for a few minutes and if the color shows up in the bowl you have a leak. As for the faucets, you can just place a dry dish beneath them and if in the morning it is filled with water call your plumber to fix them. These problems are easy to fix, but while you have an expert there make sure that they fix other problems like blocked drains, leaky wall pipes, low water pressure, etc. This will prevent future leaks from showing up and further increase your energy-efficiency.
Install a smart thermostat
Having a thermostat that you can program to your needs is probably the best way to reduce your energy consumption. The option to choose how much to cool down and heat up your home will greatly trim down your energy bills.
For example, during the winter, if you switch off your thermostat in the night you will save two percent every eight hours. This might not seem that much in the short term, but if you calculate in the whole winter season you will see how fast it adds up. On the other hand, in the summer you should turn up your thermostat when leaving your house. Researchers have found out that each degree below 26 degrees Celsius will increase energy consumption by up to 5%, so make sure it’s above that.
Monitor your energy consumption
Lastly, you should keep track of how much energy each appliance is using. The easiest way to do so is by using the wattmeter. Simply, plug it into the outlet and then plug the appliance in the wattmeter to start measuring the consumption. You will know exactly how much your fridge, TV, computer, etc. are spending and you can switch off the biggest spenders when you are not using them.
As you can see, these solutions and fixes are not expensive and hard to pull off. By simply monitoring your energy consumption, fixing a few leaky faucets and switching to CFLs, your home will become significantly more eco-friendly and energy-efficient.
Diana Smith, the author of this article, is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls.
Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.
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