Saving Residential Energy Usage

How much do you pay in terms of energy bills every month? Huge burdens on your pocket, are they? Can you lower this amount somehow? Yes, if you plan well, and take a strategic approach.  And in the process, you’ll be doing the environment a favor. Let’s take a look at how you can reduce energy consumption in your home, and show some generosity to our dear planet Earth.

Heating and Cooling

Use blinds, drapes and shades

saveenergy_404736657Reduce the efforts of your heating and cooling units by using blinds, drapes and shades, so that they use less power. If it’s cold, leave them open so that the sun heat warms the room. And if it’s summer, you can close them so that the outside heat stays out.

Maintain your thermostat at an appropriate temperature range

What is the temperature on your thermostat right now? Does it show a temperature towards the extremes of the range? Adjust this to somewhere in the middle, and you can save around 10% energy a year.  Oh, so you think that this would make you feel too hot or cold? At least, do it when you are asleep or away, and you would still see a substantial difference. As long as your thermostat is 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit away from its typical settings for 8 hours, you can enjoy some savings.

For the times that you are at home, we suggest that you set your thermostat to 68-degrees Fahrenheit during the cold season and 78-degrees Fahrenheit in summers.

Set the fan to run on auto

Configure thermostats as such that the fan runs only if the furnace is running. If you set the fan switched on, it would always run regardless of whether any cooling or heating is required.

Reduce temperatures if you are using a fireplace

Do you like to snuggle in front of the fire? Generally old fireplaces are inefficient, and draw more heated air out through the chimney, while not producing equivalent heat inside. If you still want to have some fire, set the thermostat to 50-degrees Fahrenheit. Once the fire is out, close the damper so that warm air remains in the house.


Turn off lights not needed

Do you have the habit of leaving lights on even if you aren’t in the room? Turn them off if you don’t need them. And if it is day time, you can also switch them off, and make use of sunlight instead.

Use dimmers, timers and motion sensors

Integrate your lights with dimmer switches so that you can adjust their intensity, saving some energy.  You can also use timers or motion sensors so that lights are switched off automatically, after a fixed amount of time or if no one is the room for a particular time period.

Install energy efficient lighting

Energy-efficient lighting like light emitting diode or LED bulbs and fluorescent light bulbs or CFL consume lower energy than standard lighting devices. Install them, and drop your lighting energy usage by as much as 75%.


Select a drying cycle based on sensing moisture

Instead of setting the drying cycle to run for a specific time, set it to run based on the amount of moisture left in your clothes. Not only will this save power consumption, but will also prevent your clothes from over drying and shrinking, thus increasing their life. Moisture sensors are required for this purpose, to monitor dryness in your washed clothes and force the cycle to stop when required.

Or just dry your laundry in the sun

Drying out your clothes in the sun and natural air saves even more energy.

Avoid using an extra fridge

How many fridges and freezers do you have? Remove all extra units, and save as much as $120 a year.

Unplug all devices not in use

Observe all electronic devices in your home, and unplug or power off all the ones that are not needed.

Use power management features for your computer and gaming consoles

Factory settings are not always efficient; ensure that your computers, laptops, and gaming consoles operate on a power management program.  And when you are done using them, remember to turn them off.

Use a power strip

Several electronic devices consume energy even if you aren’t using them. Referred to as energy vampires, they can cost around $100 in terms of electricity bills. Connect these devices to a power strip so that you can turn all of them together with just one switch. If you use a smart power strip, you would not even have to do this, and they will be switched off automatically if they aren’t being used.

saveenergy_4047364580Invest in Energy Star units

When buying a new electrical appliance, try to buy ones which have the Energy Star label. Their operation is the most efficient, so you get to save a significant amount.

Water Heating

Set your water heater at 120 F

Set the water heater to run at 120-degrees Fahrenheit.

Maximize the usage

Whether you are washing clothes or dishes, do at full load. Operation is most efficient at this setting.

Wash clothes with cold water

If you are rinsing clothes, do so with cold water. Avoid using the hot or warm wash cycles to save some energy.

Install efficient showerheads and aerators

Efficient showerheads and aerators are designed such that they don’t use more than 1.5 gallons of water every minute.

Purchase a tankless water heaters

A tankless water heater is expensive to install, but you get a good return on your investment because it uses less energy as compared to traditional heaters. Get quotes for both a tank-less heater and the most efficient tank model, and figure out which one is better for your budget. Also you should get a heat pump model if you want to install a water heater as well. A heat pump water heater is around three times more efficient than the conventional units.


So act on our tips, and watch your bills go down!

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平时用百叶窗,窗帘来减少电费。如果天气冷,就打开窗帘,让太阳给你房间加热;如果天气热,就 关上窗帘 在温度控制器里调节适中温度,可以每年省 10%的电。至少在你出门的时候这样做,也可以省下 钱 设置电扇为自动 一般老的火炉不是很有效率,会让热空气从烟囱里出去。可以设置温度为 50 华氏度,当火熄灭 了,就把阀门关掉,这样热空气还可以保存在室内 。 


如果不用灯就关掉,尽量用日光 使用灯光变暗调节器这样可以控制强度。也可以使用计时器和动作感应器,这样灯就可以自动关 掉了 安装节约型灯泡,像是 LED, CFL 等,可以节约 75%的能源 家用电器 在烘干机里使用湿度探测器而不是计时器,这样一是可以节约能源,二是可以防止衣物因为过度 干燥而受损 或者也可以用日照和空气来节约能源 减少过多的制冷装置和冰箱 拔掉不用的电器的插头 电脑和游戏机用省电设置 使用电器总控制器,这样就可以把不用的电器一起关掉,可以省$100 电费。也可以使用智能控制 器,这样电器在不用的时候就会自动被关掉 买新电器的时候,买有“energy star”标签的电器,它们的运行更有效率。


在烘干机里使用湿度探测器而不是计时器,这样一是可以节约能源,二是可以防止衣物因为过度 干燥而受损 或者也可以用日照和空气来节约能源 减少过多的制冷装置和冰箱 拔掉不用的电器的插头 电脑和游戏机用省电设置 使用电器总控制器,这样就可以把不用的电器一起关掉,可以省$100 电费。也可以使用智能控制 器,这样电器在不用的时候就会自动被关掉 买新电器的时候,买有“energy star”标签的电器,它们的运行更有效率


设置水温为 120 华氏度 无论你在洗衣服还是洗碗,装满再洗,运行更有效率 用冷水洗衣服 安装省水的莲蓬头和洒水器,用水少于 1.5 加仑每分钟 安装无缸(tankless)热水器,虽然安装起来很贵,但是投资可以从节约的能源里拿回。按照自己 需求比较下最高效率的无缸和有缸的型号。还可以加装热泵机(heat pump),是传统热水器效率的 3 倍。