Summer and winter, indoors and outdoors, there are many opportunities to save energy at home. By doing so, you will be helping to save valuable resources for everyone.
Lower the temperature on your hot water tank. Not only will you save energy, but you will decrease the risk of scalding injuries.
In summer, set your timer to turn your lights on later and off earlier, including outdoor security lights.
In warm weather, dry clothes outside on a line instead of in the dryer.
Use a portable fan or ceiling fan rather than an air conditioner—it takes less power.
Use solar power instead of electrical or gas power to heat a swimming pool.
Insulate your hot water tank. The materials and instructions are available at hardware stores.
Insulate your water pipes. Do this so your cold water pipes don’t freeze, and so the heat from your hot water pipes does not dissipate into the air.
If you live in a cold climate and have to use a block heater to get your vehicle going in the morning, use a timer or plug it in at bedtime rather than when you come home from work.
Turn down the heat. Turn it even lower overnight or when you are going out for the day.
When building or renovating a home, invest in energy saving designs, appliances, and lighting fixtures.
Install a timing device to turn the heat up just before you get up in the morning, and to turn it down at bedtime.
Pull drapes at night in cold weather, but let the sun shine in to warm the house in the daytime.
Close off unused rooms in the winter.
Concentrate household heat in areas where it makes a difference to your comfort, such as the bathroom in the morning, and near your easy chair in the evening.
Areas where you are moving about actively can use less heat.
Keep bedrooms cool, but supply the beds with ample warm blankets.
Improve your home to save energy. A government grant or a rebate from a power company may be available in your area.
Increase the insulation in your home when you are renovating. Besides saving heat, you’ll find your home cooler in the summer and quieter year-round.
Fix the weather-stripping. Check for cracks and drafts around windows, doors, electrical installations such as breaker boxes and light switches, and around pipes. Expensive heat may be escaping through all of these routes.
Keep your furnace in good repair. Have it serviced annually, or as often as the manufacturer recommends. Not only will you have an efficient furnace which will save on your heating bills, but you will be ensuring your family’s safety.
Change your furnace filter frequently.
Keep your electrical baseboard heaters clean and free of dust and lint, so they work efficiently. This will also reduce risk of fire.
If you have a pet door, make it energy efficient. Surround it with weather stripping. Consider building a tunnel outside the door to cut the draft. Hang a piece of wool blanket over the door to add insulation. Some commercially made pet doors are designed to save energy.
While outdoor night lighting contributes to safety and security, see if you can do with less.
During any season of the year, there are opportunities to save energy in your home by efficient use of heating and cooling appliances.