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Ways To Conserve Energy Use At Home

Ways To Conserve Energy Use At Home

Each year, Americans are spending troubling amounts of money on their energy expenses. In fact, the average family will spend close to $2,200 on their utility bills during the course of a year. The truth of the matter is that many individuals are spending more than necessary because they are not making an intentional effort to conserve energy in their home.

For some, it’s easier to neglect energy conservation practices because, for whatever reason, it simply isn’t a high enough priority. For the readers of My Family Survival Plan, we know this isn’t the case. You care deeply about saving money and minimizing the impact your day-to-day choices have on the earth. So, let’s take a look at some the best ways to conserve energy at home.

Heating and Cooling

Heating and Cooling account for just about half of energy-related expenses in the average family home in the United States. Because of this, focusing your efforts on conserving heating and cooling energy could be the most effective starting place.

Use a smart thermostat to program your HVAC unit to adjust based on your needs each day. Adopt the recommendations provided by Energy.gov, setting your air conditioner at 78 degrees during the day and bumping it up to 80 degrees while you are away from home or asleep. During the wintertime, opt for bundling up so you can lower your heater’s settings to 68 degrees during the day and as far as 60 degrees while you are away or asleep.

As much as 20 percent of heating and cooling energy is wasted because air is leaking through ducts, doors, and windows. Spend the time and money to regularly check for and repairs leaks and you may see a significant difference in your heating and cooling costs over the long term.

Lighting

Your typical American family can expect to spend 10 percent of their utility budget to the lights in their home. Lessening the energy consumed by lighting is all about making a few smart habits and sticking with them for the long term.

An easy fix is to switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs, which not only last a lot longer before needing a replacement, but also use up to 75 percent less than traditional light bulbs. When it comes time to replace your bulbs, always recycle your old bulbs and check with your local power company about rebates or discounts for CFL bulbs.

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Appliances and Electronics

The electronics and appliances in your home have this annoying trait: they use energy passively even when they are not in use. Cutting back on this passive energy consumption can be accomplished with a few different strategies.

Use a power strip for your electronics and turn it off when they are not being used. Give up your desktop computer for a laptop, which consumes significantly less energy. If you stick with a desktop, set it to hibernate when it is not being used instead of using a screensaver.

When it comes to appliances, they key is to use them less. Hang your clothes to dry instead of using your dryer, and opt for warming food in a toaster oven instead of heating your conventional oven. If it is time to replace an appliance, chose an energy-efficient model whenever possible, using the guide provided by Modernize for making the best choice for your needs.

Don’t stop here! Approach energy conservation with your whole home in mind, developing a holistic plan to include each room, appliance, and electronic device. Involve your whole family in your energy conservation efforts, educating them on the effect their day-to-day choices have on the budget and the well-being of the world we live in.

Mary Sauer is a writer who has been published by Babble, Mom.me, and What to Expect. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two young daughters.

15 Ways To Get MORE Money And Buy MORE Survival Food

15 Ways To Get More Money And Buy More Survival Food

If you wonder why 95% of Americans are unprepared for the coming crisis… well, it’s not all ignorance, I can tell you that. There are many fellow citizens that simply cannot afford building a solid stockpile.

Sure, they have a dozen cans and a few bags of wheat, but that could only feed their family for a week or two. So how can you save more money to buy your loved ones their well-deserved salvation?

You cut expenses. And by that, I mean slash the money-eating “monster” that’s been chewing on your pocket for years: energy.

So today we’re going to talk about the 15 ways to cut energy expenses and cramp your pantry with loads of emergency items.

1. Evaluate your energy use.

This is the first step in saving a load of money on energy. If you don’t already keep all your electric bills, then you should try to find the ones you haven’t thrown out. Just check how much you consume during summer, how much during winter and compare them with spring or autumn months. Try to identify the “pain points” and list them on a paper. This way, you’ll know what to begin with.

If you’re looking for a quicker, simpler solution, you can also try The EPA’s Energy Star program, at energystar.gov.

2. Check for cracks and gaps in the walls.

This should take you just a couple of hours tops. Here’s what you need to do. Walk around your rooms, the back of your hand close to the walls, and try to feel any draft coming from cracks or gaps. The best time to do this is at night, when the air is colder and you can feel it on your skin.

3. Seal out heat during summer.

You can do that by covering your windows with shades or by with a special heat-blocking film. This way, the sun rays stay outside your home and you won’t need to turn on the air conditioning. You can literally save hundreds just by keeping overwhelming heat out of your house.

4. Seal the heat in during winter.

If you’ve got direct sun exposure during daylight, leave the blinds or drapes open to let the heat enter your rooms. When the sun goes down, close them to seal the heat in.

5. Change your light bulbs more often.

It sounds crazy, but changing light bulb more often can actually save you money. You see, the “older” a bulb gets, the more power it consumes. So if you want to reduce consumption, you should change all the bulbs in your home at once, according to a schedule.

How do you make that schedule? It’s simple: you check out its rated life (on the package), and calculate 80% of it. You write down the date when the bulb reaches its maximum potential and then change it.

6. Keep your fridge “healthy”.

Check the coils behind the refrigerator to see if they’re clean. Do it on a regular basis. This way, the airflow will ease the compressor’s job and save a lot of unnecessary consumption.

Also, defrost the freezer at least three times a year. It will prevent frost from building up and slashing energy efficiency.

7. Building maintenance.

If you tend to open your windows every time your home gets overheated during winter, then you should consider an energy saving alternative. Talk to your building maintenance reporter and tell him about this situation. Notify him if your house gets overcooled in the summer as well. You may be wasting a whole lot of energy without even realising it.

That’s all for now, but stick around, cause I’ve got more consumption cutting solutions for you.

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