We entered a new year! 2019 is behind us, and we are all thrilled about making the year 2020 even better. We made our families happy by spending time together and buying presents. And, as a result, we feel a lot better because we were able to do something for our loved ones. Nevertheless, it is also crucial to help our planet as well. The festive atmosphere is behind us, and it is time to turn to more important matters, like saving energy. For that reason, let’s see what are the best energy-saving habits for the new year that you can apply!
Energy-saving habits for the new year
An average home in the US spends around 12,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year. That is a large number, and a lot of money is spent to pay the bills. Saving energy is not time-consuming, and it is something that we all must be aware of. Major countries are implementing energy-saving strategies to improve their economy and think of our planet at the same time.
Nevertheless, we, as average people, can also contribute to this amazing cause. Here is how!
1. Unplug appliances when not in use
It may sound strange, but appliances also spend a small amount of energy when plugged in, even if you are not using them. The best way to reduce energy consumption is to unplug all appliances until you need them. That is also highly recommended if you decide to go away for a vacation in the new year.
2. Replace old appliances with new ones
It is a fact that older appliances usually spend more electricity. With that in mind, if you have a stove, washing machine, or a fridge that needs replacing, I advise you to do so. Sure, it costs money, but it is an investment that will help you save in the long run.
3. Do regular maintenance of air conditioning and heating system A/C systems spend a lot of energy to cool down or heat up your house. However, if you keep them clean and in the proper condition, they will work better. If you fail to do this step, they might stop working properly. Consequently, it will take a lot more time for them to do the job. That will result in spending a lot more energy than needed.
4. Position fans to improve air circulation
If you are using fans to cool down a large room, there is a smart way you can do it. Most people point all fans towards the center of the room. However, that consumes a lot of energy, and it takes more time. Instead, one should be facing the window. That will help the air circulate better, and cool down the room in a smaller amount of time.
5. Use LED lightbulbs
The first advice on our list of energy-saving habits for the New Year is to immediately switch to LED lightbulbs. The benefits of LED lightbulbs are:
- brighter light
- less energy consumption
- extended life longevity
All of that sounds amazing. LED lightbulbs consume from 25% to 80% less energy than the regular ones.
6. Start using timers for your lighting
Everyone likes those lightbulbs with timers you can usually see in front of the house. However, that practice should be also used inside the house. Furthermore, you can set the timer to turn off the lights if you are not at home.
7. Do your chores at nighttime
It is a known fact that the cost of electricity is lower during nighttime. For that reason, you should do your chores at night. Wash clothes, vacuuming, ironing, or any other activity that spends electricity. Of course, have in mind that neighbors might have a problem with you making noise when they are trying to sleep!
8. Benefits of defrosting your refrigerator
If you don't defrost your refrigerator on a regular basis, it will not work as intended. It might spend a lot more energy to keep its functions running, simply because it will take more time. Furthermore, all refrigerators have different settings. Be sure to use an energy-efficient setup if you wish to lower energy consumption.
9. Use cold water instead of hot water
We often spend too much hot water. Washing dishes, washing hands, showering, all of those activities require hot water. However, if you start using cold water a bit more, it will help in reducing energy. I am not saying that you have to shower in cold water but try to apply that strategy.
10. Low-flow showerheads While we are discussing the topic of water consumption, I must say that another way to reduce energy consumption is by using low-flow
showerheads. That is a good way to think about saving in multiple directions.
11. Plan out your meals
How can planning meals reduce energy? Well, it is simple. If you all have lunch at the same time, there is no need to reheat food. That is a great strategy that will help you not only save energy but also have the entire family together.
12. Home automation
Another way to reduce energy consumption is through home automation. With the help of smart home controls, you can turn on and off any appliance by using a mobile phone or a PC. There are no more situations where you leave the house and forget to turn the light off.
13. Moving to a new home
Since the new year started, a lot of people will probably want to make life-altering changes like relocation. If your plan is to move your household to a new place, you should know that relocation can also be green. You can apply plenty of strategies to reduce energy consumption during your relocation.
Enjoy the new year!
Since I am a little late with buying any presents, my best gift to you is these energy-saving habits for the new year. If you stick to them, you are not only saving money, but you are also helping our planet in a battle to preserve nature. Good luck, and may 2020 be the best year so far!