Energy Saving Home Tips
Make Your Home Energy Efficient
Wisconsin has an unpredictable climate. Because of this, heating and cooling costs make up more than half of a home’s energy consumption in a year. Adopting some eco-friendly items and energy saving techniques can help you save green and improve the quality of air in your home. Here are some tips to make your home energy efficient:
- Cover bare floors with rugs or carpet, especially if your house is lacking little to no floor insulation
- Slowly raise the temperature in your house. This will help you save money - raising the temperature quickly in a house uses more energy.
- Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.
- Invest in a smart thermostat.
- Let the sun help you heat your home; opening your blinds or shades during the daytime will create solar heat in your home.
- Never block air vents with furniture or curtains.
- Don’t rely on space heaters.
- Change the filters in your heating system every month.
- Install and use ceiling fans. Ceiling fans use about the same amount of energy as a normal light bulb.
- Keep the sun from overheating your house by planting trees for shade. Also, use blinds or curtains to keep your home protected from the sun’s heat.
- Installing R-30 rated insulation in your attic can help reduce your energy consumption.
- Change your AC filters regularly - about once a month.
- Be sure to close exterior windows and doors when your air conditioning unit is on. Take it a step further by turning off exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom.
- Replace standard incandescent lightbulbs with CFLs.
- Exterior motion-detecting lights are convenient and save energy by turning on only when needed.
- Replace your most-used light fixtures with ENERGY STAR products.
- Wash clothes in cold water; laundry detergent works just as well in cold water as it does warm.
- If you plan to leave your home for a few days, consider turning off your hot water heater.
- Shortening your showers by a few minutes can help you save on energy costs.
- Solar water heaters are a great solution for long-term energy savings.
- Turning your hot water heater down to 120°F helps cut down on energy usage while still being hot enough for showers and dishes.
- Installing a timer on your hot water heater can automatically shut it off when you are not home.
- Microwaves and toaster ovens use less energy than conventional ovens when reheating food.
- Fuller freezers use less energy than empty ones.
- Matching your pot to your stove’s burner size to save on energy costs.
- Copper-bottom pots and pans heat more evenly and efficiently.
- Economy mode on dishwashers use less water.
- Reflective coatings on your roof can help reduce strain on your AC unit.
- Reflective roofs prevent expansion and contraction. This movement destroys normal roofs.