Steps to Reduce Your Home’s Energy Consumption
If you are like many consumers today, you are trying to be conscious about how much energy you and your family consume. Whether you’re motivated to lower your total energy costs or reduce your carbon footprint (or both), here are some steps to get started.
Step 1: Know Your Numbers
You can figure out how much energy you consume monthly by manually calculating it—there are calculators online to help you get an estimate—but for most consumers the easiest way is to consult your monthly energy bill. Not only do power companies put that information on your bill, some also have “comparison charts” to show you how much you use relative to your neighbors.
Step 2: Make Energy-Efficient Improvements
Some energy-efficient improvements are simple and don’t cost a lot. For example, replacing traditional incandescent lights with LED lighting can save a lot of energy (and money) each year, as can fixing the seals around your windows and doors. Replacing older appliances with energy efficient ones is another easy step toward lower consumption, and if you have an older home, you may also want to consider installing low-e windows or upgrading your insulation to keep your home from “leaking” the warm or cool air your furnace and air conditioner generate.
Step 3: Try Some Unconventional Things
Perhaps you’ve already taken the big steps above to reduce your usage, but you want to be even more energy efficient. You can also do things like unplug your electronic devices when they’re not in use, reducing the “vampire power” (energy used by electronics even when they are off) that adds up to over $19 billion a year in energy costs in the U.S., according to a 2015 report from the National Resources Defense Council. You could also air dry your clothes instead of using a heated dryer or open your dishwasher and let them air dry instead of using the “heated dry” function.
Step 4: Go Solar
Perhaps one of the best ways to reduce your energy usage and save money is installing a solar power system. This renewable source of energy means you won’t have to use fossil fuels for electricity, which can make a big difference in your carbon footprint. Solar has evolved rapidly in the last few years to be one of the easiest and most reliable ways to get renewable energy in your home. You can choose from battery-backup or grid-tied systems, which offer the flexibility to get a solar system installed at a price you can afford.
Talk to Intermountain Wind and Solar today to find out more about how beneficial solar can be in your quest to reduce energy consumption.