3 Easy Ways to Be More Energy Efficient
A hectic schedule can mean following a daily routine that does not include the most energy-efficient habits. You may not even be consciously aware that you are practicing inefficient behaviors. Sometimes, you are just used to doing things a certain way around the house because that’s how you were taught. Making small changes at home can have a significant impact on your energy consumption and result in reducing your electricity bill. Let’s look at three easy ways you can to be more energy efficient at home.
1. Change Your Kitchen and Bathroom Practices
Modern detergents and washing machines make the use of warm water unnecessary when washing clothes. Many people still hold the misconception that your clothes need to be washed in hot water to get rid of grime and bacteria. Unless you are washing clothes for a baby or someone with a specific health issue, there is really no need for hot temperatures as warming the water is the majority of energy consumption in the function of a washer. The same goes for washing your hands. Elect to use cold water and watch the energy savings accumulate.
2. Use the Sunlight to Your Advantage
Most houses and apartments will have the sun hitting them during part of the day. You can use this fact to moderate the temperature in your home. In the summer, keep your drapes or shades closed. In the winter, allow the sun to contribute to keeping your living space just a little warmer by opening the drapes. The few-degree difference, in either case, is enough to reduce your energy consumption for cooling and heating, respectively.
3. Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is an easy way to boost your energy efficiency beyond the small tweaks you will be making in your habits. A smart thermostat will help you save energy even when you’re away from home and provide a comfortable environment for you when you return. If you are in the Lake Charles, LA area, contact ACR today about installing an energy-saving smart thermostat.
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