Do you work for the electric company?
I can still hear my dad yelling that across the house every time a lamp was left blazing brightly with nobody in the room.
Now I run around behind my girls turning off light switches – what goes around comes around.
But surprise, what hides inside my chandeliers and vintage lamps are energy efficient light bulbs – just one way I’m trying to do more to lower our utility bills while doing good for the planet.
One thing on my wish list that wasn’t on the market when we renovated our house is a smart thermostat and I love the Nest Thermostat from Direct Energy that learns what temps you like then builds a personalized schedule for heating and cooling your house! Plus it can be controlled from your smart phone – how cool is that!
Such a simple way to save energy and money got me thinking of other simple things I (and hopefully my girls and hubby!) can do every day.
No Hassle Energy Saving Tips for a Smart Home
- replace old appliances with efficient Energy Star appliances
- wash & dry several loads at once and your dryer will be nicely heated up for the next loads
- clean the dryer lint filter before each cycle
- wash clothes in cold water (you can save up to 40 cents per load)!
- if using hot water, make sure to wash a full load
- plant trees in prime spots to provide shade and reduce cooling costs in the summer
- don’t peek inside the oven when something is cooking – the temp can drop up to 25 degrees each time
- keep your freezer full (uses much less energy than an empty freezer)
- turn off kitchen and bath fans right away when done
- install low flow faucets and shower heads to save on hot water usage
- take shorter showers (no more singing in the shower)
- use a smart power strip for electronics – it turns everything off when not in use
- install dimmer switches on all of your lights (saves money, lightbulbs last 20 times longer and creates great ambiance!)
- close your fireplace flue when not using
- don’t block air vents with furniture or curtains
- set thermostat between 68-70 degrees or better yet, get a smart Nest thermostat that controls your homes energy based on your habits
- lower thermostat at night (between 65-68 degrees)
- lower thermostat to 60 when going on vacation during cold winter months
Simple things anyone can do without spending a dime. In fact, you’ll save lots of dimes by doing any of them.
I would love to install a smart programmable thermostat and the Nest Learning Thermostat is a space age looking wonder (think the Jetsons meet energy savings) that looks cool while saving you money.
Win a Smart Nest Learning Thermostat
How coincidental is this – I was reading Good Housekeeping mag at the doctor’s office only to find that the Nest got the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.
What are you favorite simple tips to save energy?
Disclosure: Thanks Direct Energy for helping me focus on making my home more energy efficient. I only speak the truth.