At Value Plus Energy, we believe that energy savings is important to our customers. As a homeowner or business, reduction in your energy consumption leads to savings.
Even small things make a difference. Below, we have some small changes which can help you save money.
Saving energy is more than just turning off the lights when you leave a room. It’s important to integrate other energy saving measures for convenience and conservation. Dimmers and motion sensor lights bring low-energy solutions while not cutting into your daily life.
Dimmers allow users to control the brightness of a light, meaning lower settings use a lower amount of energy. Not only does it save energy, but dimmers contribute to home or business ambiance. Motion sensor lights come in hand as well for outdoor lighting and security. Instead of leaving bright lights on all night on the patio or next to your business’ back door, use motion sensor lights. They only activate when movement is detected, using energy only when needed.
The type of light bulb you use is important as well. LED lightbulbs are rated as the most cost-effective and low-energy bulbs compared to incandescent and CFL bulbs. LED lightbulbs can last five times longer than any comparable bulb available and their price has dropped considerably in recent years.
While it is important to save energy, making sure you are comfortable in your home is important too, otherwise, what’s the point of having an air conditioner or furnace? Dressing for the weather helps reduce energy costs, but no one wants to be bundled up in a parka and still be too cold in their home.
Finding a temperature range can help reduce energy costs, but the best solution is programmable thermostats. Program the thermostat to turn off while you’re away at work, but to turn back on before you leave work so you’re not coming home to an uncomfortable temperature. Businesses can use programmable thermostats to turn off outside of business hours and turn back on before anyone returns in the morning.
Close the vents in seldom-used rooms. This makes it easier for your home to cool or heat the areas that are normally occupied, and you’re not wasting energy on a room that no one will use.
Ceiling fans are less expensive to use and maintain. Lower the air conditioner setting and use a ceiling fan to circulate the air throughout the home to keep your energy costs low. Oscillating floor fans can also help circulate cooler air throughout a room when placed close to an air conditioning vent.
Make sure your hot water heater is not set too high for your needs. Test the temperature of your water at its highest point. It probably doesn’t need to be that high. Turning the temperature down will save energy and money.
Switch your laundry routine to include cold water washes with a special detergent formulated for cold water, while also making sure you are doing full loads of laundry.
In the kitchen, run full loads of dishes in the dishwasher and install a sink aerator to reduce hot water use.
Energy Star appliances are rated to be the most energy-efficient appliances. Consider investing in new Energy Star appliances for your home or business to reduce your energy bills, eventually saving money in the long run.
You can also use a power-usage monitor to check the efficiency of your current appliances to determine which ones are costing you the most every month.