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25 Quick and Easy Energy Saving Tips from EVSOL Energy

25 Quick and Easy Energy Saving Tips from EVSOL Energy

We at EVSOL Energy are intensely passionate about enriching your life in a safely electrifying manner. From a broad gamut of electrical repairs and upgrades to solar energy solutions and Level 2 EV Charger installations, we’ve dedicated ourselves towards offering high-quality, long-lasting and cost-efficient solutions to our loyal customers. We’re so confident in our workmanship that we even offer a lifetime guarantee on labour. Today, we’re going to give you some absolutely free advice on how to save energy with no less than 25 quick and easy energy saving tips. Even if you implement ten, five or just start with one, we guarantee that you will be happier overall, and smiling when your energy bills arrive, and they are less than expected. On to the list!

1. LED Bulbs

These are the simplest way to reduce your energy consumption. Incandescent bulbs are hugely wasteful in terms of electrical consumption, and CFL bulbs, whilst more efficient, contain toxic mercury within their tubes. LED bulbs consume just half the amount of electricity for a CFL bulb to emit the same amount of light.

2. Desk Fans

Instead of cranking up the HVAC system every time you enter a room and it’s not particularly frigid or stuffy, why not consider a nice desk fan? You can get some slick ones such as the Dyson bladeless fans, and some models even have heating functionality built in. It’s much more energy efficient than cranking up the HVAC system if you only intend to spend half an hour or less in the room.

3. Open the Blinds

If you’ve got a lovely window, just open the blinds or curtains, and let some natural light flow into the room instead of using electric lighting.

4. Clean the Filters

Did you know that your HVAC system’s filters can really affect its efficiency? Dirty filters mean that the machine has to work harder and longer to heat or cool the room, an thus consumes more electricity. For a regularly used HVAC unit, it’s recommended to check the filters at least once a month and give them a thorough clean-up if dirty

5. Regular Air Dry Instead of Hot Air Dry

Whilst the hot air-dry option on your dishwasher is tempting, why not use the regular air dry option instead, and finish the drying job simply by placing your dishes on a dish rack outside? If you’re in a hurry to use them again, a reusable kitchen towel consumes no electricity and only takes a minute or two, tops.

6. Defrost Your Fridge and Freezer

Did you know that some fridges and deep freezers do not automatically defrost themselves? If your one doesn’t, consider defrosting it whenever you see a healthy build-up of ice. The recommended amount to allow is no more than 1/4th of an inch.

7. Seal Your Doors and Windows

The gaps around doors and windows are notorious for letting out temperature-controlled air. You can buy sealant tapes that easily stick to door and window frames and ensure a near-airtight seal. It’s a worthwhile investment, as your HVAC units will be working less hard and consuming less electricity as a result.

8. Microwave or Stove

Sometimes it may be more economical to use the microwave to heat up food than the electric stove, especially for smaller portions of food.

9. Cold Water Wash for Your Clothes

Whilst it may be nice to wash your clothes in hot or warm water, the truth is, unless there are stubborn stains, it’s not really necessary. In fact, if you check the labels on your clothes you will see some of them carry the recommendation of “cold wash”. Save energy by switching off the water heating option on your washing machine.

10. Resist the Urge to Keep Opening the Oven

It’s incredibly tempting to peek inside the oven whenever you’re cooking something delicious, but if the door is fogged up, restrain yourself. Each time you open that door, a great deal of hot air is lost and the oven has to work hard to recover the internal temperature. Surprise, surprise, that burns electricity.

11. Use Motion Sensor Lights

Whilst you may prefer to keep the lights on in public areas such as corridors, a motion sensor can ensure that these lights only illuminate when you are using the space. This is a great way to save energy.

12. Don't Leave Devices Plugged in Overnight to Charge

The modern mobile phone can fast-charge in approximately two hours from a dead battery, making it useless and wasteful to keep it plugged into a charger overnight. Consider charging your phone during the day and unplugging the charger once it reaches a full charge.

13. Standby Appliances Sap Power

Whilst it’s nice to keep the TV, stereo system or game console plugged in 24x7, the truth is, these devices slowly consume standby power, which adds up. Consider unplugging them or switching off the outlets to which they are connected when not in use.

14. Dress for the Weather

If it’s summer and you’re wrapped up like a polar bear at home, you’re naturally going to turn up the cooling on the HVAC unit. Be sensible and lose some layers instead. If it’s your own home and you’re alone, you could even wear your birthday suit, but we’re not advocating doing this in front of a window lest you get arrested for indecency.

15. Set Your Refrigerator Temperature to the Manufacturer's Recommendation

It might be tempting to set the freezer temperature a bit lower than the manufacturer’s recommendation, especially if you want to make ice cubes in record time, but the fact is, the manufacturer’s recommendation is a great balance between energy saving and food preservation. Dropping the temps lower isn’t going to keep your food any fresher and will only drink more power.

16. Adjust Your Thermostat

If you’re really concerned about energy usage from your HVAC system, it’s been shown that many people find a temperature of 78F in the summer and 68F in the winter to be acceptably comfortable, whilst offering decent energy efficiency. Of course, if this isn’t acceptable to you, all bets are off.

17. Install a Programmable Thermostat

This device will automatically adjust your home’s temperature according to a set schedule, so that, for example, it will not consume a lot of energy trying to heat or cool a home at a time when no-one is home.

18. Consider Home Automation

A home automation system will allow you to remotely control your lighting, HVAC and appliances, so you could automatically switch on selected lights as well as set the HVAC temperature when you are returning home, rather than leaving these systems running whilst you’re away from home.

19. Watch Your Appliance Placement

It’s all too easy to accidentally keep a heat-emitting appliance such as a television set or game console near the thermostat, causing false readings and increased energy consumption as a result.

20. Observe the Sun's Position and Use it to Your Benefit

In the summer, close the blinds or drapes on windows that face the sun, and do the opposite in winter. The sun is a fantastic source of heat, so why not use it when it’s cold outside, and block it out when it’s already doing it’s job too well…

21. Install a Ceiling Fan in Your Bedrooms

A ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat about 4F warmer than usual in the summer, with no noticeable decrease in comfort, thus allowing you to realize a healthy energy saving, even considering the fan’s electrical consumption.

22. Set Your Bathroom Ventilation Fans to Run When Necessary

Constantly running bathroom ventilation fans sap electricity, and it’s best to set them to run only when the bathroom is occupied. This can be done by connecting them to operate via the light switch or using a motion sensor.

23. Replace Your Windows with Better Ones

Many older homes have single-glazed windows which do not offer adequate temperature control, whilst newer double-glazed windows have an air gap between two glass panels that acts as an insulator. Remember though, changing windows requires you to obtain a building permit. You could also consider a sun control or tint film on your windows, which doesn’t require a permit if your windows are still in good condition and you don’t feel like replacing them.

24. Teach Your Kids About Energy Efficiency

Kids should be taught about energy efficiency from an early age. Teach them how to switch off the lights, fans and HVAC unit when they leave a room, and to do the same if they discover an empty room in which someone has been careless. You could even turn it into a game and award prizes for being energy efficient.

25. Replace Older Appliances with Newer, Energy Efficient Ones

If certain appliances such as your washing machine, clothes dryer, electric stove, refrigerator or HVAC units are particularly old, for example around twenty years or more of age, consider replacing them with the latest units that are certainly more energy efficient.

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