If your New Year’s resolution was to start saving money or reduce your carbon footprint, then this is the guide for you! I know, I know, we’re basically halfway through March. Just about the time that everyone has FORGOTTEN about their resolutions, right? Don’t forget!
There are many simple changes you can make to use less energy and reduce your home’s energy waste. These changes don’t only affect the environment and efficiency of your home, they save you money! In fact, these tweaks can save you up to 25% on your annual utility expenses. Now that’s nothing to sneeze at!
Lights and electronics alone could account for up to 12% of your utility bill. Here is how to reduce their energy waste.
Lights and Light Bulbs
Changing the type of light bulb you use is a simple energy saving adjustment anyone can make. By trading in traditional light bulbs for energy efficient LED light bulbs you could save up to $75 a year in utility expenses. Another word of advice when it comes to lights and electronics in your home is to turn them off when you are not using them. Idle electronics should be unplugged when not in use because they produce “phantom loads“. Put simply, idle electronics draw energy from outlets for as long as they are plugged in. Consider using a smart power strip to keep these electronics from wasting energy.
As a parent and business owner, it seems like there is an endless list of things to be done each day and a limited amount of energy with which to complete those tasks. I mean, am I right? Do you feel like that, too?
Most folks talk about the “afternoon slump”. They grab another soda and resolutely slog towards the end of the day. We’ve all been there. (In fact, we frequently discuss this topic here on the Road To Domestication.)
Cracking the code on maintaining a high energy state throughout the day and continuing with productivity at your peak without stopping is one of those elusive grails that, once mastered, will change your life! Here is a simple system that you can begin implementing tonight. It takes about a month to get into the rhythm of it, but once you’ve mastered these steps, you’ll be amazed at how much work you get done every day. Are you ready?!
Do you ever take a bit to just do some imagining about your dream house? We’ve been doing a little of that here lately. I’m not sure why more so than usual – maybe it has something to do with the babies on the way. And a few neat projects we’ve come across that just aren’t too possible in a neighborhood such as ours. (HOA and all.)
Both my hubby and I grew up in the country – wide open spaces and no “rules” on what you could do around your home or property. I think we’re just prepping ourselves to move back to those roots, and, while I wouldn’t consider our dream home or property to be “off the grid”, I do want to have things such as solar panels to help with energy costs!
So when Zacharry from Cast Iron Radiators 4 U contacted me with an infographic on how to live off the grid, I got a ton of great ideas from it! Here’s hoping you will, too! (For my United States readers, the monetary amounts are listed in European form, but you can still get the general idea!)