Reducing your energy and water usage is a smart way to help the environment. Even small, simple changes can have a big impact over time.
Put Yours Lights on a Schedule
If you like to leave lights on when you're away to make others think someone is home, put them on a timer. Keep holiday lights on a timer as well so you're not wasting power when no one is looking.
Let Your Garments Get Fresh Air
When the weather is nice, dry your clothing outdoors on a clothesline. They'll come out fresh and soft and you won't waste any energy in the process.
Seal Those Leaks
Insulate your roof, double glaze your windows, and seal around all your windows and doors. Letting air escape the home when you're heating or cooling it is a major waste of energy.
Microwaves can heat food and beverages more quickly and efficiently than a stove. The microwave is also more efficient for heating water for a cup of tea. Electric burners are an exception for heating that kettle, though, as they actually use 25% less energy than the microwave. No matter what you use, never heat more water than you really need as this is a waste of both water and power.
Fill it Up
Always fill your washer, dryer, or dishwasher completely before running it. Washing smaller loads is a waste of power in all cases, and a waste of water with the washer and dishwasher. Do laundry on cold to save power used heating the water. Cold water is just as efficient for clothing.
Keep a Lid on It
When cooking on the stove top, cover your pots and pans. This keeps the heat in and cooks your food more quickly and efficiently. Leaving the lid off lets heat escape and water evaporate.
Explore Alternative Energy
Some states allow you to choose your energy provider. Explore green alternatives like www.PennsylvaniaElectricityCompanies.com that give you access to greener power sources.
Get a Tune Up
Have your heating and cooling systems tuned up annually. Poorly maintained systems can cut your energy efficiency by as much as 15%. You should schedule an air conditioning tune up in the spring before warm weather hits, and plan to have the central heat tuned up in fall before cold weather begins.
Share the Tub
Showering uses less water than bathing, but you can enjoy a bath from time to time without using a ton of water. Just invite someone to join you. Small children can bathe together easily. The more people in the tub, the less water you need to fill it.
Reuse the Rain
Set up a rain barrel in your backyard to collect rainwater that you can then use to water your plants for free. Feeding your drain spout into the barrel is one of the most efficient ways to collect water. This system is especially handy if you live in a climate where it rains often.
Keep an eye on your water and power bills and you'll see how these measures add up to real savings over time.