by TORI MORRISON

With the kids back in school and the holidays right around the corner, it’s important to monitor your spending during these busy months. If you haven’t started, now’s the time to cut back on energy use within the home. Here are some easy tips to get you started.

 

Unplug, Unplug, Unplug

Make sure you unplug devices when they are not being used. Be especially mindful of computers and laptops. According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESN), even when these devices are turned off, they will still consume power when they are plugged in and can account for five to ten percent of your total household electricity bill.

 

Cover Your Window

Blinds, drapes, and window coverings can help reduce energy waste and keep your energy bill low. As the temperatures in October and November remain in the high seventies, close your blinds, curtains, and window coverings to keep the house cooler. According to RESN, your air conditioning will have to work up to thirty percent harder to cool your home otherwise.

 

Use the Right Bulb

Replace standard bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). The bulbs give off the same amount of light, but are much more energy-efficient. Ensure that you are using the right size bulb for your light fixture.

 

Adjust Temperature Settings

Maintaining a higher indoor temperature setting during summer and a lower indoor temperature setting during winter saves energy. Keep the temperature comfortable by making adjustments to your thermostat before you get home.

 

Schedule a Home Energy Audit

Reach out to a certified home energy auditor for a home energy audit. A home energy audit is an in-depth home examination done by an expert to find out where energy is being lost. The expert then assists the homeowner and offers possible solutions.