Saving money is great. Saving lots of money is even better. Knowing how to save lots of money can be a challenge. Today we rounded up a few of our favorite no-cost ways to save energy and money this summer.
1 – Use natural light. Open the curtains and turn off the lights! I can’t tell you how many times as a parent I have to remind our kids (and yes, even myself) to turn the lights off. This mainly applies if you aren’t using the room the lights are in or you leave the house. I typically have 1 or 2 lights on, but definitely not all of the lights.
2 – Run full loads. In our home, I wait to wash and dry clothes or wash dishes until the loads are full. This is a really great way to save energy and money! Also, make sure you don’t run your dishwasher or washing machine during peak hours.
3 – Open the doors and windows. We live in the prairies and are lucky enough to enjoy beautiful weather throughout the year. If you are able to, try to open the windows and doors (screens help keep bugs and animals out) instead of turning on the air conditioner. If you live somewhere that requires the use of an air conditioner, be sure to keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature and turn it down when you’re not home.
4 – Use cold water. When possible, use cold water in your washer loads. This can save a good amount of energy!
5 – Turn water off when shaving, washing hands, brushing teeth.
6 – Take shorter showers & install low-flow toilets. Turn the water off when lathering up is an easy way to get save time and money!
7 – Upgrade to LED lights throughout your home. I wanna say it was a few years ago that we upgraded to LED lights. The sticker shock on the bulbs was a little daunting at first but they really does help save energy and money by doing so. If you haven’t done so yet, I encourage you to upgrade your light bulbs to LED.
8 – Upgrade your appliances. These days, there are so many appliances available out there that are energy efficient. This can cut down big time on your electric bill because they don’t use as much energy as the old school ones did.
9 – Use the right temperature. Keep your fridge and freezer at their ideal temperature. For your fridge this is between 2°C and 3°C and your freezer should be at -18°C.
10 – Get everyone on board. As a parent, it’s important to get your family on board to save energy in your home. Not only is it better for the environment, but it can leave your family with more spending money to do things together! Don’t just tell your kids to turn off the lights, but explain to them why it’s important to do so.
11 – Reduce heat in the kitchen. Avoid using the oven in summer – try salads, smoothies or fire up your barbecue. You’ll reduce the heat in your home and save on your home cooling costs.
What do you do to help conserve energy in your home?