Most of us don’t stop to consider how many resources we waste on any given day. However, as eco-friendly living and energy efficiency become more important to us, we may need to take a few moments and make some changes.
Luckily, reining in our inefficiencies doesn’t require a lot of effort. A few minor changes here and there can go a long way toward becoming eco-friendly and energy efficient!
3 Tips for Energy Efficiency
1. Install A High-Efficiency Showerhead
Yes, it’s possible to save a lot of water by turning the shower off while you lather up, but that’s both uncomfortable and inconvenient. If you want to use less water while you shower, consider a high-efficiency showerhead. According to HGTV, this addition can save as much as 3,000 gallons of water and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per person, per year!
2. Always Keep Things Full
It takes more energy to keep a mostly-empty fridge or freezer at the right temperature than it does a full one. It also uses less water and energy to run the dishwasher or the washing machine if they have a full load, rather than just a few plates, or a couple pairs of pants. Once you get into the habit of making sure you keep things full, it will shave money off your utility bill in addition to increasing your energy efficiency.
3. Use The Right Bulbs
We all know that incandescent light bulbs are really inefficient. Whether you choose to upgrade to CFL lights or LED lights, you’ll use less energy and get longer-lasting bulbs. However, it’s also important for you to ask how bright you really need your lights to be. While not everyone can install a dimmer switch, you can selectively choose what wattage your lights put out. For example, your reading lamp doesn’t need the same amount of power as the overhead light in the main room, so why use the same size bulb in each?