5 Top Ways To Conserve Energy

GaryBordeaux

Melting glaciers, diminishing Arctic ice and increasing weather events can be difficult to witness when they pop up in the news. With the effects of global warming now visible on a daily basis, people are more motivated than ever to conserve energy. If you're looking for ways you can help save the planet, here are five ways you can use to get started.

1. Change Your Power Source

If you're tired of paying hefty bills to a power company on a monthly basis in payments that fluctuate throughout the year, it may be time to consider alternate power sources.  Not only will you have control over your energy source, but you'll also be helping the environment. Installing solar panels is a cost-effective way to replace your current energy source, and the process doesn't have to be complicated. You can also use a home battery backup in case of storms or if the sun decides to hide for longer periods.

2. Lower Water Temperatures

You might be surprised at how much of your energy bill is just from heating water. It's easy to forget how much you use on a daily basis, but between showers, laundry loads and the dishwasher, your hot water tank is probably working pretty hard. You can choose to wash your things in cooler temperatures, but you can also lower the settings on your hot water tank to reduce the impact even when you do need to use it.

3. Upgrade Your Technology

In the age of "smart" devices, it seems like there's a bit of technology for everything. Trying to keep up can get overwhelming, but getting a smart thermostat can be easy to use while streamlining your energy usage even when you're not home. You can connect the system to your phone, and from there you'll have control over the temperatures in your home at any time. You can also use these systems to turn lights on and off, which is great if you're forgetful when leaving the house. You may have your temperature preferences, but why waste the time to cool or heat the house when no one is there to benefit?

4. Turn off Appliances

Do a sweep of your home to identify the sneaky appliances that are running up your power bill, and consider getting rid of the items you rarely use. This is because even when not in use, an item that is plugged in is still using energy and running up your power bill. While no one has the time to constantly plug and unplug electronics, try using some power strips to keep things localized. This way, you don't have to run through the house collecting chargers and turning off lamps at the end of every day. Make sure you get in the habit of unplugging items in the bathroom as well. Hair dryers and heat styling tools can suck energy all day if left plugged in. Energy usage aside, unplugging these tools is also a good way to manage fire risk.

5. Get Some Sun

Plenty of kids have a not-so-fond memory of their father telling everyone to turn off the lights for the hundredth time. Forgetting to flip the switch every time you leave the room may not seem like a big deal, but those little actions add up quickly. You can replace your bulbs with more energy efficient ones, but it's still a good idea to forgo light usage when you can. During the day, take advantage of the natural sunlight. Not only is it free, but you also get the added health benefits from being in the sun.

Energy conservation is crucial to helping the environment, and it's easy to feel like you're not making an impact. However, a few small changes to your daily habits can make a big difference when it comes to your energy usage. With a little planning, you can help the Earth and your wallet.

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