Energy Saving Tips – easy, low cost tips to save energy at home

by Dino Green on January 25, 2012

Easy, practical and low cost tips to save energy, save money and help improve the environment. Energy saving tips is a practical guide we have put together in a series of different areas to help you save money by reducing energy consumption at home, at work or by usage of your vehicle or transportation. Various practical tips for saving energy have been formulated and grouped under separate sections for home (energy saving solutions) and green building principles. These sections include, amongst others, advice on insulation, minimizing energy losses from heat leakages, ventilation, heating and cooling of spaces, water heating, lighting and appliances and applying house design solutions such as using bioclimatic principles.

Our philosophy focuses on reducing our environmental footprint thus adopting an environmentally sustainable lifestyle which can also become financially beneficial through lower energy consumption and cost savings.

US energy usage facts:

According to some US Department of Energy (DOE) estimations, US homeowners spend around $2,000 for home electricity per year.  In total, there are around 120 million households accounting approximately for 23% of national energy consumption – around 66% is used by transportation and 11% by other demand. What is remarkable about home energy usage is that a large percentage of this amount is totally wasted through air leakages (windows and openings), inefficient heating and cooling systems or other appliances or by unnecessary consumption of energy. Saving money on energy consumption need not be complicated or expensive; you can start on saving by beginning to adopt an energy-conscious behaviour.  To help you get started we note some easy and practical energy saving tips:

Easy, low cost energy-saving-tips

-          Turn off electrical appliances and home electronics such as HiFi’s, DVD players and  TVs when not in use instead of leaving them in the standby position – these devices still use electricity when left in the standby mode.

-          Turn off computers and monitors when not in use.

-          Adjust hot water temperature to a moderate temperature level – around 110-125F.

-          If you are using a solar heater (which is highly recommended given locations with appropriate climate) try to have your showers as early as possible in the day so as to take advantage of solar-heated-water (instead of electrically heated).

-          Take advantage of solar heat – open window shutters or curtains on south-facing windows during the day (especially on sunny days) and cover them back during the night

-          Try to take shorter showers in place of longer baths

-          Keep showers on short consecutive frequencies, as close as possible between all family members (one after the other instead of having them dispersed throughout the day).

-          Keep your dishes and clothes washing loads as full as possible every time

-          Reconsider what is comfortable clothing while indoors (you may want to keep a comfortable pullover at wintertime to bear a lower indoor temperature instead of wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt at higher indoor temperatures).

-          Adjust space heating to as a low temperature as possible to keep a comfortable and warm environment with appropriate clothing.

-          Install a programmable thermostat for heating and cooling to match your true demands while indoors

-          Substitute old, energy-consuming light bulbs with new fluorescent, energy efficient light bulbs.

-          Check for the ENERGY STAR labels for home and office appliances.

It is always a good idea to be updated on green tips and sustainable living; you may keep up with our posts at for more energy-saving tips, advice and information under more specific areas; conservation of energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation.

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