5 Lesser-Known Ways to Start Saving More Energy at Home

When you’re a homeowner, you tend to be constantly on the lookout for ways that you can save money. This is especially the case when it comes to your energy bills. And while you might already have a programmable thermostat and use LED light bulbs, the reality is that there are a lot of other lesser-known things that you can do that will help to reduce your energy costs, as well.

If you’re curious to know what some of those ways are, you’ve come to the right place. By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll have learned about five things that can save you as much as 20-40 percent on your energy bills on an annual basis.

Change the color of your paint. If you happen to live in a climate that is either extremely hot or quite chilly, you might want to think about changing the color of the paint on your walls. Lighter colors reflect light, which can help to make rooms cooler, while darker hues absorb light; which helps to make rooms warmer. Speaking of painting, something else you can do to decrease the temperature inside of your home is to paint the roof. By changing it to a shade of white, that reflects the sun, and it can also help to reduce your annual energy costs.

Watch where you put your appliances. First up: When it comes to your appliances, you definitely should think about switching over to some that have the Energy Star label. They have been tested for energy efficiency and therefore, can save you as much as 30-40 percent on energy costs. However, no matter what kind of appliances you have, energy efficiency is also about the placement of your appliances, too. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep your refrigerator and freezer away from your stove and also out of direct sunlight. That way, neither has to work so hard at staying cool. For more information on Energy Star appliances, visit EnergyStar.gov.

Cook differently. If you’re someone who really enjoys cooking, that’s great. It’s a healthier and more economical way to live. But if you’re not aware of how you cook, it could lead to a spike in your energy bills. So make sure to only use the amount of heat that you need for your oven and stove. Keep lids on top of your pots as you’re preparing your meals. Bear in mind that microwaves use 80 percent less energy than conventional ovens do. Grill meat outdoors when you can. And don’t forget to install an exhaust fan. It helps to eliminate a lot of the humidity within your kitchen space.

Wash clothes differently, too. Another way to start saving energy dollars today is by paying close attention to how you wash your clothes. For instance, when it comes to your washer, try and avoid using the medium setting unless you have a full load; otherwise, you’re wasting energy and water. And when it comes to your dryer, while it’s actually a good idea to hang clothes on an outside line when the weather is nice, during rainy or cold weather, just make sure to clean the lint trap after every load. That way, your clothes will dry much faster.

Unplug what you don’t need. At the end of the day before you retire, look around your house to see what’s plugged into outlets. Unplug anything that doesn’t need to charge all night long (such as your cell phone). By making a habit of doing this on a regular basis, you should notice a 20-30 percent decrease in your energy costs. That definitely makes it well worth your time to do!

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