Whether you want to be environmentally conscious or just save some money, reducing your energy consumption is never a bad idea. There are a few simple things you can do right now to start seeing lower numbers on your energy bills each month:
Install (and use) energy efficient appliances
Using Energy STAR-certified appliances will save on your electric bill and your water bill. Nearly all appliances on the market today are Energy STAR certified, which means they are designed by the Environmental Protection Agency as being energy efficient.
Buying a new washer, dryer, refrigerator, or dishwasher will be an initial investment up front, but these appliances will eventually pay for themselves through the savings each month. As a bonus, using a dishwasher in general is much more energy efficient than washing dishes by hand.
Remove phantom loads
Did you know that your appliances, electronics, and other items in electrical outlets continue to draw electricity even when they are not turned on? In fact, they use up to 75 percent of their overall power to keep clocks, timers, and other settings functioning.
Simply unplug anything you do not need when it’s not in use and watch your energy bill drop. Amp up the savings even more by combining electronics in a power strip and turning everything off at once.
Fill your fridge and freezer
This might seem counterintuitive, but your refrigerator and freezer actually run more efficiently when they are full. Food and other items act as insulation to keep the entire space cold, which means less time that the appliance has to run.
Look at this as an opportunity to buy in bulk if you can and save a little money on your grocery bill, too. If that’s not an option for you, don’t go out and buy unneeded items just to save space. Instead, add bags of ice to the freezer or containers of water to the fridge to take up the extra room.