December 2, 2022

20 quick tips to improve energy efficiency in your home

  1. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust heating and cooling settings.
  2. Use energy-efficient lightbulbs, such as LED or compact fluorescent.
  3. Use power strips to turn off electronics when not in use.
  4. Insulate walls, windows, and doors to prevent heat loss.
  5. Plant trees or install shading devices to block sunlight and reduce air conditioning usage.
  6. Use low-flow showerheads and faucets to reduce water usage.
  7. Install a tankless water heater for on-demand hot water.
  8. Wash clothes in cold water and only run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads.
  9. Upgrade to Energy Star certified appliances, which use less energy and water.
  10. Seal air leaks around windows and doors to prevent drafts.
  11. Use a ceiling fan to circulate air and reduce the need for air conditioning.
  12. Install a solar water heater or photovoltaic panels to generate renewable energy.
  13. Install a gray water system to reuse wastewater for irrigation.
  14. Upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner.
  15. Invest in a home energy audit to identify areas for improvement.
  16. Use natural light instead of artificial light when possible.
  17. Use a clothesline or drying rack instead of a dryer.
  18. Install a water-saving toilet or dual-flush toilet.
  19. Use a pressure cooker or slow cooker instead of the stove or oven.
  20. Turn off lights and electronics when not in use and unplug chargers when not in use.
Posted by Jen Walters
Contributing author and happy homeowner with a solar energy system who cares about the climate and her children's health and comfort at home.

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