Go Green with These Energy-Efficient Tips
St. Patrick’s Day is this month, but homeowners don’t have to stop at green outfits and shamrocks. Beyond the color, homes would also benefit from embracing green technologies and habits, especially given the rising living costs. To create a more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly home, here are a few simple steps homeowners can take towards a greener home for St. Patrick’s Day that will also save them some green.
Use a Ceiling Fan
While most rely on HVAC systems to set indoor air to a comfortable temperature, ceiling fans need more credit for their ability to circulate air and amplify the heat or cold already in a given space. In the summer, ceiling fans can help cool a room further without adding strain to the air conditioning by creating downdrafts, which push cool air down toward the room’s occupants. In the winter, they can do the opposite: create updrafts that push cold air up and allow warm air to settle.
The secret to this versatility is a switch on the fan that controls the direction of its spin. In summer, set the fan to spin counterclockwise and switch it to clockwise once colder months or winter roll around to help the heater. HVAC systems don’t have to use too much energy to heat or cool rooms to the desired temperatures using ceiling fans. Ceiling fans, which use significantly less electricity to operate, can help the heating or cooling without wreaking havoc on the budget.
Switch Off Lights and Appliances When Not In Use
Turning off lights and unplugging appliances when not at home, not in use, or natural light can be used are easy ways to save energy and money. Turning off the lights when leaving a room is one of the simplest ways to conserve electricity. In addition, unplugging any appliance that isn’t being used can help keep an electric bill down.
Many appliances, like microwaves and TVs, still draw energy even when turned off, making it beneficial to unplug them when not in use. Making the most of natural light can also save energy costs. Taking advantage of sunlight during the day instead of using electric lights will reduce electricity usage. Adopting these practices will help homeowners save energy and money over time.
Replace Lightbulbs with LEDs
The kind of light bulb used at home greatly impacts how much energy gets used every time the light is turned on. Homes still using CFL or incandescent light bulbs are paying more for electricity as these traditional bulbs aren’t as energy efficient as LED lights. LED lights are the most energy-efficient option for modern lighting.
Not only do they use less energy than incandescent and CFL bulbs, but they also last longer and emit less heat, making LEDs safer. LED lightbulbs use at least 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, and last 3 to 5 times longer than a CFL. With these numbers, it’s easy to see how switching to LED lights can help homeowners reduce their energy consumption and save money on electric bills.
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