Saturday, October 11, 2014

4 easy tips to have an energy efficient home this winter

 winter homeYou spent weeks searching for your home and you spend even more time every year maintaining your home to make it clean and functional.
Cleaning the bathroom, mopping the floors, washing the windows, dusting, and vacuuming are all activities that you perform regularly in order to preserve the prestige of your home, but how much time do you devote to making sure that your home is energy efficient?
Although it may not be a bad idea to install solar panels or use those peculiarly shaped, energy saving bulbs in every room to conserve energy, those products aren't for everyone. So here are four simple tips to become more energy efficient.

Reduce oven use

Microwaves and toaster ovens use less energy than a conventional oven. Unless you have a large quantity of food or the quality and taste depend on it, put your leftovers in the microwave rather than using an oven to reheat.
Resisting the urge to use the oven and using a microwave or toaster oven produces the same warm meal with reduced energy usage. However, if you are afraid that reheating your french fries in the microwave will make them soggy and you absolutely must use the oven in order to preserve their crunch remember to not open the oven door while food is cooking or reheating. Opening the door to the oven while it is on can reduce the temperature by as much as 25 degrees, thus causing it to work harder to maintain the set heat.

Get the most out of your lamps

Lamps decorate and give light to any room they are placed in. When using lamps determine if your primary purpose is to decorate or illuminate the room. Achieving both objectives is what most people want but usually one is more of a priority than the other.
Depending on your goals, there are different tips you can apply to your lamp use in order to make your home more energy efficient. Light colored or opaque lampshades should be used whenever possible.
There are a wide variety of lampshades and you should choose the one that appropriately decorates and illuminates the room. In order to produce more light lamps should be placed in corners so that light can be reflected from two walls. Oh, and don't forget the energy efficient light bulbs.

Keep your freezer full

Full freezers use less energy than empty freezers so go ahead and make your ice cream stash a little larger. In order to save energy, some people fill the empty spaces in their freezers with gallons of water, but a gallon of ice cream can do the job just as well—we all know which gallon container you would prefer.

Use your dryer efficiently

Your dryer is an appliance that uses an enormous amount of energy. According to energy.gov your dryer uses just as many watts as 15 flat screen TVs. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of energy your dryer consumes.
  • Always be sure to clean the dryer lint filter so that your dryer operates more efficiently.
  • Washing and drying several loads at once also helps the dryer to perform better because it does not completely cool down before having to heat up for the next load.
  • Make a few modifications to the space where you do laundry so that your dryer vents outside. By making this adjustment you reduce the amount of work that your air conditioner has to do.
  • Air drying clothes is not always the most appealing option but air drying dress clothes will lessen the workload on your dryer and will also make your dress clothes look better.
 By Washakie Renewable Energy