Often without realizing it, the average American homeowner can waste a significant amount of resources (and money) on needless energy usage. You might think that it’s difficult to switch your home over to a more energy-efficient routine but you can take a number of steps that minimize your effort while maximizing the potential benefits. Let’s take a look at some of the most effective ways to increase your household’s energy efficiency.
Unplug Unused Devices and Appliances
Electronic devices and appliances draw power even when not in active use. While each individual device/appliance may not require that much power when in standby mode, together they can end up wasting considerable amounts of energy and money. To keep this from happening, you could turn off any device or appliance you’re not currently using. Reliance on power strips removes the need to actually remove any plugs from individual electrical outlets.
Switch Over to Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Light bulb technology has advanced tremendously in the 21st century. Today, you can find plenty of LED, halogen, and CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs) products that only use between 20% to 66% of the energy consumed by traditional incandescent products. You may have to pay a bit more upfront for these contemporary bulbs but they typically pay off in terms of both energy savings and significantly extended operating lifespans.
Switch to Low-Flow Showerheads and Faucets
Every day, millions of gallons of water are wasted by our reliance on standard-flow showerheads and faucets. Installation of a relatively inexpensive low-flow showerhead can save you as much as four gallons of water per minute (compared to a standard showerhead made prior to 1980). It’s even easier to reduce the amount of water flowing from your faucets. Just switch out the screw-on portion of each one for a device called an aerator giving a reduced water flow.
Install Modern Programmable Thermostats
The thermostats installed in most homes aren’t very smart or efficient. Regardless of changing circumstances, they run at a fixed rate, and you must remember to change their settings manually in order to avoid wasting resources. Instead of relying on a traditional thermostat, consider installing a modern, programmable one. These devices typically come with a range of pre-programmed settings that allow you to choose heating and cooling cycles that match your household’s normal usage patterns. You can also change these settings to more closely fit your specific needs. In addition, some advanced thermostats actively “learn” your patterns of heating and A/C use, and then adjust themselves accordingly.
Purchase Energy Star Appliances
The Energy Star program recognizes major appliances that place a focus on energy efficiency. Regardless of their manufacturer, qualifying products can display a signifying Energy Star label. The next time you’re in the market for a new appliance or appliance upgrade, consider including that label in your search criteria. Use of Energy Star-certified options can shave as much as one-third off your monthly electricity usage. In addition to appliances, the program covers a wide range of other electrically powered items, including lighting fixtures and office equipment.
If you have any questions about appliance-related energy efficiency, you can ask the experts at West Coast Chief Repair. Every day, we help customers throughout greater Los Angeles make important decisions on the best way to maximize the efficiency of their households and businesses. And when the time comes, we also perform expert appliance repairs and replacements.