Going Green: Room to Room Energy Saving Tips
May 22, 2019
Living the green life in Ogdensburg, NJ means embracing sustainability, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and helping promote the health of the planet by responsibly using natural resources. An eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. There are plenty of small ways you can make a big impact on the environment. Here is a list of room to room energy saving tips that can have a big impact on your wallet and the environment.
In the Bathroom
Low-flow toilets and high-efficiency showerheads can save both electricity (from heating) and water. Low-flow toilets can save up to 27,000 gallons of water annually, and a high-efficiency showerhead can save up to 3,000 gallons of water per person per year!
Check for and fix leaky sinks, pipes, or toilet tanks to prevent water loss and sky-high utility bills.
Use a timer to help you take shorter showers and turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth to save water.
In the Kitchen
If you have the budget updating to Energy Star certified appliances like the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher can make a huge impact.
Energy Star or not, keep the oven door closed while cooking. Opening it during the cooking process can let up to 25 degrees of heat escape, raising your energy costs. Also, open windows instead of using the range fan to save electricity.
Replace your conventional kitchen faucet with a low-flow faucet. These models can lower water usage by up to two-thirds!
Instead of using the automatic heated dry cycle on your dishwasher, towel-dry your dishes. The auto cycle can increase operating costs by up to 50%.
The automatic ice maker in your fridge can increase the energy usage of a refrigerator by up to 20%. Opt for ice trays instead.
In Your Living Room
Check the seal on your windows. Leaking windows can account for up to 30% of heating and cooling energy use in a home. Either replace them with energy-efficient models or add weather stripping to stop any leaks and lower your energy bills.
Replace lamps and light fixture bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. You’ll be surprised by the impact!
Even if appliances are turned off, leaving them plugged can increase your energy. Unplugging TVs, computers, speakers, and tablets can help you use less energy.
You know you wanted an excuse…upgrade your TV to an energy-efficient LED flatscreen.
In the Garage
Replace light bulbs with LEDs, which use 80% less energy than standard bulbs and can last up to 20 years.
Seal up cracks in the garage floor, along the walls, and insulate your garage door. And apply weather stripping along the entry door to prevent air loss. Cracks and poor insulation can allow cold or hot air from an attached garage into your home, raising your heating and cooling costs.
Since garage door openers are always turned on, homeowners can pay up to $200 annually just from the phantom load! Offset the costs by switching out your garage door opener for an energy-saving model.
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