Renewable energy is an amazing thing, but it’s not easily accessible or affordable to everyone in its current state. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do right now in order to cut down on your energy expenses.
1. You can start by using energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs in all of your lights.
2. Add more insulation to your attic. This is one of the easiest and most cost effective updates you can make to reduce your energy use.
3. Turn off all appliances, such as TV’s and computers when they are not in use. They still consume energy, even in standby mode.
4. Minimize baths. Try to take short showers instead.
5. Keep your thermostat at a comfortable but moderate temperature year round.
6. Replace an older thermostat with a newer programmable thermostat. If you are out of the house all day, you can realize a substantial savings by setting the thermostat at 60 degrees for 8 hours. The same applies for cooling in the summer months.
7. Make sure that your house is well sealed around windows and doors. Warm or cool air escaping from
homes can substantially drive up utility costs.
8. Have an energy audit performed by a professional or purchase a DIY audit guide. There is lots of information available.
9. Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120F.
10. Air dry clothes and dishes when at all possible, and only run the dishwasher or clothes washer with full loads.
If you plan on using renewable energy such as wind or solar power in your home then you really must take some simple steps like the above. There is no point going to the effort of installing and integrating with your home electrical system, an alternative energy solution if you are going to leave lights and power points on unnecessarily.