The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average American family spends about $2,200 a year on home utility bills. If you’re looking to lower your utility bills, there are plenty of ways to energy proof your home without spending a lot of money. Here are five tips and tricks that will make your home more energy efficient!
Lower the temperature on your thermostat while you are away from home. By dropping your thermostat five degrees (or more) will reduce your monthly costs. You can save 5% – 15% each year by routinely doing this everyday before work.
The average shower can use up to 5 gallons of water a minute. By cutting down your time in the shower you can cut down your water usage by 10 gallons. Installing low-flow shower-heads will automatically cut your water use from 5 gallons a minute to 2.5 gallons a minute.
Cell phone and battery chargers on average consume 0.26 watts of energy when not in use and 2.24 watts of energy when connected to your phone. You can cut your utility bills by 10% by unplugging all your chargers when you’re not using them.
Plugging electronic devices into a power strip instead of an outlet or the wall will save you lots of money! Computers, TVs, and cell phone chargers account for 5% – 10% of your household energy. Using a power strip to turn off the electronics will guarantee that they are completely off when not in use.
Planting trees in your front yard to shade your home can help keep it cooler in the summertime and is a great activity to do with family and friends. You don’t need a ton of space in your backyard to start a compost pile. Keep organic waste in a pile or container and it will decompose over time. Your fruit and vegetable waste will make great fertilizer for your lawn and garden and reduces the amount of garbage you produce.