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5 Ways to Save Energy at Home

by | Sep 21, 2020 | Residential Solar | 0 comments

Whats the secret to saving money through energy efficiency.

We cover five ways your energy consumption can be reduced. This will not only save you money, but it will also reduce your carbon footprint.

Protect the environment today and become more energy efficient by following these 5 ways to save energy

1. Buy a Smart Thermostat

If you have to use your AC for heating and cooling, then buy a smart thermostat. Unlike a programmable thermostat, you can manage a smart thermostat using your smartphone. Equipped with WiFi sensors and advanced algorithms, they are more than control panels.  

Not only can it save you more than 15% on heating and cooling costs, but you can generate energy usage reports. This allows you to identify opportunities for saving. Thanks to their smart learning modes, they need less user input.

2. Review your everyday behaviors and make changes.

Simply turning off lights or appliances when they are not in use. Try alternative ways of saving energy such as hang-drying your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer or cleaning the dishes by hand.

The biggest point we keep reminding our customers is saving on your utility bills … turning down the heat on your thermostat in the colder months of the year and using your air conditioner less in the summer, for example.  Heating and cooling costs contribute to nearly half of an average home’s utility bills, so by opening the window in the summer night as opposed to turning on your AC unit in the evening. Or wearing a pull over sweatshirt instead of turning up the heating when we draw closer to the Winter months of the year. Another measure is to replace your light bulbs with LED energy saving type ones. They are a lot more affordable these days and last 15 times as long. 

Energy efficient bulbs always win in terms of what’s good for the environment and saving you money in the long run.

3. Purchase energy efficient appliances.

When you look at your household use, on average, appliances use roughly 12% of household energy. When you buy an appliance, pay attention to two numbers: the initial retail price and the annual operating cost. Yes, models with lower annual operating costs may have higher retail prices, but their operating costs are typically 10-25% lower than conventional models.

So how do you know what you’re buying? Look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label, which is a federal guarantee that the appliance will consume less energy during use and when on standby than the old models. 

4. Insulate Your Home

Insulation is a big solution to lower your utility bills, it helps to retain heat during the winter and keeps heat out of your home during the summer.  If your property constructed before the 1980s and has not undergone refurbishment with insulation, consider having it done. Home insulated properties conform to the latest standards, by improving overall energy efficiency and therefore people get to live comfortably. Also, you can save between 10% to 50% on your bills.

5. Move towards solar power.

Solar power is here forever. According to the most recent report Solar has seen an 90% decrease in cost per megawatt hour from 2008 to 2018. This is mostly due to the economy trends and federal state programs available today. In addition with lifetime warranties for labour and parts which more accredited and established Businesses like Solar Tech Elec are offering today. Then it really is a no brainer to consider switching to Solar sooner than later. Further to this Smart Solar installations with Lithium battery storage enables homes to store their unused Kilowatts or sell them back to the Grid. 

Bonus Tip: Give Solar Tech Elec a try

We hope these tips will lead you towards achieving an eco-friendly home. At Solar Tech Elec, we’re here to help Florida homeowners save money on their bought in energy from the Utility company. Choose Solar Electricity and produce your own clean energy for your home and future.