How to Improve Home Sustainability





Saving energy, reducing waste, and lowering water consumption in your home is a great way to help the environment and save money. One of the many unintended consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic is that many people are spending much more time in their homes. More time spent in your home often leads to more energy and water consumption. On average home electricity use has surged 22% over the previous year this April. In this article we will discuss how to lower your energy consumption.


Air Conditioning


Air conditioning accounts for around 17% for the average household's annual electric use. Working and staying at home during the summer months can increase your air conditioning use even further. The U.S. Energy Department recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you're at home and 85 degrees when out of the house to save up to 10% on your cooling bill. Another way to lower your cooling bill is to lower your blinds during the day to keep sunshine from warming your house. Checking and replacing your air filters is another way to keep AC costs down. Installing airtight windows in your home is a great way to save on heating and cooling costs. Keep your ceiling fans on to help circulate air around your home.





Laundry


Washing and drying your clothing is another large energy expenditure in your home. Save on energy by washing your clothes in cold or tap temperature water. This tip could help you lower your electricity bills by around 14%. Another way to save on laundry energy costs is to hang your clothes to dry rather than utilizing a dryer. New washers and dryers often come with new energy saving technology and settings. Look for the EPA’s WaterSense certification when shopping for a new washer and dryer. If possible, consider installing a rain barrel. These barrels gather at zero cost to you for use around your home.


Reduce Paper Usage


Paper products are quick and easy but require a lot of energy to produce and create unnecessary waste. Switching to cloth napkins and reusable dish towels are a way to drastically lower your carbon footprint. Repurposing old t-shirts, towels, and other cloth items is a great way to give a used up item a second life. Some brands of toilet paper and paper towels use a certain amount of recycled paper in their product. Another small way to lower paper usage is to switch from paper billing to online or email. Consider recycling the paper and plastic products that you do use in your home.





LED Light Bulbs


LED light bulbs are a great way to lower your energy bill. LED bulbs are around six times more efficient and generally last much longer than regular bulbs. Gradually switching over from regular to LED light bulbs is a great option to reduce your energy consumption.


Invest in Reusable Items


A wide variety of new reusable products are available to meet the demand for those looking to reduce waste. Reusable freezer pops for kids, beeswax lunch and snack bags, and glass Tupperware are just a few examples of products that can help you reduce your daily waste. Changing over to these reusable alternatives are alway huge money savers!


I hope you found this article interesting and informative. All of us are together on our shared satellite called the planet Earth. The Earth’s ecosystems and the health of the environment can feel like something too large for you to help or influence. However, making small changes to your daily routine and shopping list really do make a difference in maintaining our beautiful plant for future generations. As always, thanks for reading!


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