Winter is here so that means a boost in your energy bill. Have no fear, you can successfully reduce your bill by following a few do it yourself tricks. Recyclebank introduced the principles of a circular economy to a mainstream audience. The company partners with communities and a variety of brands, and leverages its Marketing-as-a-Service (Maas) Platform utilizing data, education and incentives to encourage more than 4 million members to make better purchasing and disposal habits. Recyclebank is sharing with us their top 5 energy-saving tips to help you lower your monthly energy bills.
Get an Energy Audit
An energy audit is a great way to understand how much energy your home uses and thus help you find ways to be more energy efficient and save on your energy bills. A typical energy audit includes a thorough inspection of your home to find areas where energy may be wasted, such as air and fuel leaks and insulation issues. An energy auditor will also look at your past bills to determine your base energy consumption. Once the assessment is complete, the auditor will be able to make recommendations on how to upgrade your home to fix any efficiency or safety issues.
Get Rid of Energy Vampires
Energy Vampires are electrical devices that expend energy not only when they’re plugged in, but also when they’re not in use, thus causing high utility bills and energy wastage. Common energy vampires include, DVRs, VCRs, notebook laptops, satellite boxes and digital cable boxes.
A simple way by which you can reduce vampire energy wastage includes using power strips for your electronics. This allows you to switch off a number of devices at once. In addition, shut down your computers and game consoles fully rather than leaving them on and idling or in sleep mode and unplug a device entirely; just don’t unplug devices so often that you damage the plug or cord and risk electrocution.
Invest in energy-efficient appliances
By investing in smart, energy-efficient appliances such as, auto-adjusting thermostats, air conditioners, lights and water heaters, you can significantly reduce your energy bills. In addition, front-loading washing machines are also great energy savers because they use less water, have a larger capacity, and remove more water from clothes before they go into the dryer.
Maximize the Use of Solar Power
Solar power is a free and affordable energy source. Some of the most common ways in which you can make the best use of this clean energy source include, using solar outdoor lighting, solar chargers for phones and other electronic devices, solar toys, solar ovens, solar water heaters, cars with solar features and solar power systems for your homes.
Make Conscious Day-to-Day Energy Efficient Choices
By embracing simple day-to-day energy-saving choices, you can save a lot on your utility bills. For example, when going out on a vacation, ensure that your fridge is clean of perishables but not entirely empty. This will allow your refrigerator to work more efficiently. Also, don’t leave your fridge door open for too long. This will prevent precious cold air from going out and save your unit from working overtime.
Another energy-saving hack is the use of portable space heaters, which are more energy-efficient than a furnace, especially if you need to keep only one room warm. Finally, try to be organized. This will help you cut down on the use of lights or flashlights when trying to find stuff in the back of your closet, basement or garage.