As 2017 draws to a close, you might find yourself thinking about resolutions for 2018. What better resolution can you make than to do something that will help the environment and save you money? We’ve put this list together for you of five easy ways to save energy in your home next year.
1. Commit to Unplugging
Did you know that plugged-in appliances use energy even when they’re turned off? Unplugging your devices such as stereos, televisions and kitchen appliances can save a lot of energy over time. Plus, how often have you left your cell phone charging overnight - that’s another big no no. It’s not only energy inefficient, it’s bad for your phone too. So make a new year’s resolution to unplug when not in use!
2. Commit to Changing the Filter on Your Furnace Regularly
Clogged filters cause your system to waste energy as the central heating and cooling blower strains to compensate for the mounting resistance. By changing your filter when it gets clogged, you’ll save a ton of energy and money. But how do you know when it’s time to change your air filter? CleanAlert’s FilterscanWifi system will send you a message when your filter is clogged and it’s time to change. So you’ll never waste energy on a clogged filter or money on changing a filter when it’s not necessary.
3. Commit to Closing the Doors and Curtains
Another simple mistake that we’re all guilty of making from time to time is losing energy through open doors and curtains. In the winter, make sure you keep your warmth inside by closing doors and curtains (at night). The fridge door is another culprit; if you leave it open when you’re fixing a sandwich, you’re wasting a ton of energy each time.
4. Commit to Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Make the change and replace existing incandescent lights with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights. These use 2/3 less energy and last up to 10-times longer. But remember, whatever bulbs you use, turn them off when you leave the room.
5. Commit to Energy Star Appliances
When you are shopping for new appliances, look for the Energy Star label to know that you are choosing something energy-efficient. Energy Star identifies energy-efficient refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, room air conditioners, computers and more. However, just because you have purchased something that’s energy-efficient, don’t increase your usage as this, of course, defeats the purpose.