It seems that this winter is a longest one, but we have that feeling almost every year. With that in mind one thing is sure – energy bills are on the rise once again. Freeze is not an option, but to cut back on energy use certainly is. We are going to show you a few practical ways to accomplish that job. So, here are 5 ways to save energy, and prevent a huge electric bill.
1. Redecorate for efficiency
It’s always fun to redecorate your home. If you already decorated it for style, now it’s time to redecorate for efficiency. Make sure that there is no furniture, drapery or other obstructions blocking the airflow of your heating and cooling vents. Having things in front of vents slows the flow of air into your rooms. The same thing is with radiators and baseboard heating. For maximum efficiency leave at least a half meter of space around all air registers and baseboard heaters.
2. Optimize from the outside
Having a great outdoors can maximizing energy efficiency and lowering your monthly utility bills even if it’s cold outside. First thing you’ll need to do is to open curtains on your south windows during the day and allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them up through the night to reduce chilly drafts. Even if you don’t fancy drapery consider to add heavy curtains in the winter months, so you can significantly reduce drafts.
3. Use your fans
You are going to be surprised when we tell you that your ceiling fans hold the secret to maximizing heating and cooling efficiency in your home. In the winter, run your fans at low speed in a clockwise direction to circulate warm air from the ceiling into your living space. Switch your fans to turn in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer months, in that way you are going to maximizing temperature efficiency in your home. Also, use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans wisely.
4. Use your fridge properly
Refrigerator accounts for almost 10% of your electricity bill. Improperly used fridges and freezers can up that amount by double. So it’s time to think a little bit different: When you open the door of fridge, warm air from your kitchen going in and replaces all the cool air inside, and your fridge needs new amount of energy to maintain temperature in fridge. Best thing is to keep your fridge full, so that things inside maintain temperature of fridge, but you still need enough empty space around your items for the air to circulate efficiently. The freezer should be more tightly packed, since your items will help to keep each other cool. If you don’t want to stock up food you can use water containers for the same purpose. To increase efficiency even more you need to clean refrigerator coils at least once a year.
5. Green your gadgets
Almost 75% of the electricity used to power home appliances is consumed while those products are turned off. You can cut back wasting energy and money simple by putting your appliances on a power strip and flip it off when not in use. It may seem funny, but you can save almost a 200 Euros each year with this little tweak. You can add more saving by using sleep function on your computer and laptop. That’s about 60 Euros more to save.