I’m working on creating my own power system with solar and wind, but I have to do it slowly for financial reasons. While I’m working on it, I want to cut my energy usage as much as possible. These tips can produce results by your next monthly bill.
Seal Cracks: Any cracks are letting your heating or cooling escape. You’re paying to air-condition the great outdoors. That’s nice of you, but the squirrels will be okay. Any cracks in your foundation, a raised house that isn’t sealed, windows, bottoms of doors, and so forth are costing you money. You can pretty effectively seal most cracks with some plastic sheeting or a can of foam caulk.
Efficient: If you aren’t already doing it, think about using efficient lights and appliances. Older models can be total money suckers! You don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of money to get an energy savings appliance. I bought mine from a man who takes appliances with small dents or scratches, easily fixed issues, or have a missing shelf for under $100 dollars. Buying energy saving light bulbs is more expensive at first, but they last for years and lower you bill each month. The first time I switched to these bulbs, it cut my bill by $45 dollars…that’s per month! They pay for themselves and so will better appliances.
Windows: If you have old windows, I promise you are losing money. People think it’s going to be some huge expense to replace them. We are currently building a cabin and I got 12 energy efficient windows at Home Depot for right around $1,500 dollars. Some of the windows were huge. I love the light and green of the forest. You may be able to do it cheaper. I recommend getting at least a mid grade energy efficient window. Your old windows are most likely letting heat in and air out in the summer. You will notice a big difference in your bill quickly. If I turn on my air conditioner for 15 minutes, the house stays cool and very comfortable for 3-4 hours in the summer months! I insulated well and used energy efficient doors and windows.
Save Hot Water: Heating hot water is one of your biggest energy suckers. If you don’t have an on demand hot water heater, consider getting one. If you can’t afford one right now, do other things to save hot water. Do you really need to wash all of your clothes with hot water? There are cold water detergents available. How much shower time do you really need? If you’re just shaving your legs or something, fill up the sink with hot water instead of using the shower. Consider washing your hair in the sink etc.. there are so many little ways to cut your energy usage.
You may have known about these energy savings tips already…but are you actually making any changes? Take five minutes out of your day and go buy some energy efficient light bulbs and cold water detergent. You will see the savings!