We’ve all heard the expression, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” In the case of energy and resource conservation, that “small stuff” can really add up! Following are a few tips on energy-saving measures that you can take around your home.
Water Conservation: Are you wise in the way that you use water? You may have shored up your home’s plumbing system before by having replaced original faucets and toilets with low-flow models, or by having an energy-efficient water heating apparatus installed. But have you thought about collecting rainwater for watering your plants, garden and lawn? Doing this can reduce both your water bill and the demand on municipal water supplies.
Conserving Electricity: So you have replaced all your old incandescent light bulbs with new and efficient CFL bulbs. But are you taking every opportunity to reduce the time you need to keep lights on? Other electricity-saving areas you may want to consider are keeping heating and cooling system temperatures at minimal — yet comfortable — levels, and possibly drying your clothes on a clothes line during a nice day to give your dryer a break.
Other “little things” you can do to conserve around the home are:
- Use rechargeable batteries instead of “throw away” batteries
- Use re-washable towels instead of paper towels
- Turn off all lights and appliances when they are not in use
- Insulate your hot water heater and close off any unused rooms or living spaces in the home.
Also, with water being such a valuable resource, if any plumbing problems exist in your home, have them addressed immediately.
Speaking of resources, there are plenty available these days to give you many more ideas on how to maximize your home’s energy efficiency.
Written and published by Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.