It is never too early to implement a few measures which will lower your energy consumption at home. With the arrival of spring, things will start warming up again. Here are a few things to keep in mind to save on utilities as temperatures start to warm up over the next few months.

  • Bump up your thermostat temperature by at least 1 degree. You can also turn your heater on at a constant level that’s down a notch instead of turning it on and off on when needed. Depending on the age and quality of your furnace, constant lower usage may be more economical than dramatic starts and stops all day.
  • Choose a flow-efficient shower head. High flow shower heads simply waste too much water.

Little savings add up.

Here are a few energy saving tips that work good year around.

  • Bake more than one meal at a time in your oven to maximize its energy saving features. There is a good reason ovens are built with big capacities.
  • After eating, place the dishes straight into the dishwasher after every meal. Then at night, wash them all in one go. Remember that the same energy
    is spent by the dishwasher when washing two dishes versus 20 dishes. So fill up the dishwasher before turning it on.
  • A refrigerator or freezer that has a lot of food and drinks in it is more energy efficient than those that are practically empty. Cold space keeps other space cold, too. Energy and space are not used wisely if your refrigerator or freezer is half empty.
  • Using the right size of pan on your stove is actually a way of saving on energy. If you are only cooking a small amount of food, it is not wise to use a big burner and a big pan. A big burner consumes more energy compared to a small burner. More so if it is electric-generated.
  • Most of the energy spent by a clothes washing machine is applied to heating the water. If you wash your clothes at a high temperature, the machine spends more energy compared to washing your clothes at room temperature water.
  • A laundry dryer is definitely one of the monsters in energy consumption. Hang clothes outside or on railings to dry for free.
  • Unplug TV’s and other smart devices. Most electronics these days don’t actually turn off when you turn them off They go into standby mode, which consumes energy.
  • Open the curtains to let sunshine in for free light and free heating during the day. Do the opposite to slightly retain heat at night.
  • Ensure that your home is properly insulated. Contractors can use insulation accessories to ensure that you have the
    proper R-value of insulation to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.