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  • Writer's pictureJoel Guyer

Conserve Energy at Home with These Simple Steps

There are plenty of environmental reasons to conserve energy at home. It helps reduce emissions, providing cleaner, more breathable air. It ensures that our world stays healthy, and all the animals that live in it have a good life. It also has health benefits.

A conservative home is also drier, and often better ventilated, so there is less of a risk of getting sick. Of course, one big reason on a personal level for conserving energy at home is the cost-saving benefits of using less electricity. So bottom line, conservation is a good thing. You may be thinking, it’s also an expensive thing, but it really doesn’t have to be.

Making your home more energy-efficient doesn’t have to mean installing expensive solar panels or erecting a wind turbine in the backyard. Certainly, those things could help if it was affordable or feasible. But for most people, just a few easy-to-do things will save a lot of energy waste on a day-to-day basis. Here are just a few things you can do at home to reduce energy consumption.

Turn off Electronics

A very common area of wasted energy in a home is electronics that are left on when no one is using them. This can be a computer or a TV, or even a light. If you are not in a room, turn off anything electronic that is still on.

Watch Out for Vampires

Energy vampires that is. There are common everyday electronics, and they should be turned off when not being used, and then there are energy-sucking electronics that use high levels of electricity even when turned off. These include, but are not limited to; televisions, computers, DVRs, MPe3 players, video game consoles, cable or satellite boxes, and almost any device that is turned on via remote control. Combat high electricity drains from these devices by unplugging them after turning them off when they are not in use.

Insulate All Areas of the House

Making sure the insulation in the house is in good condition and none is missing is an important step in conserving energy by keeping heating and cooling at a minimum. Don’t neglect the windows either. As much as 30% of a home’s heat and AC loss is through the windows. A good set of drapes or solar shades can help reduce energy loss a lot.

Along with good insulation, have a smart thermostat installed. A smart thermostat can be easily programmed from your phone when you’re not at home. It will also help keep your house regulated during any kind of weather, so it isn’t using too much energy. It will keep the temperature as low as possible as much it can while still making sure your rooms are comfortable when you are at home.

So, while going green may be taking over the world. You can help by doing your part in your own home. Keeping emissions low and making the planet a healthier place all while reducing energy costs for yourself at the same time.

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