So you want to save energy but you don’t have the time or resources for major upgrades to help you cut that electric bill? Try these easy household hacks that can save you money.
Tired of feeling the cold air sneaking in but can’t add more insulation? Beat that drafty door or window by using a rolled-up towel as homemade weather stripping. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it can make.
Get the most out of your heating system by turning on a fan – your ceiling fan. But first, set it to run clockwise and you’ll push heated air down from the ceiling.
When you’re cooking on the stovetop, use a lid on your pot and you’ll bring water to a boil faster and save energy. The lid reduces air pressure inside the pot and that makes it easier to heat the water.
Come clean when it comes to your HVAC vents and registers because those dust bunnies might be restricting air flow. That could mean less heat and leave you turning up the thermostat to feel warmer.
Speaking of cleaning, be sure the air vents at the bottom of your refrigerator are clean to help it work more efficiently. While you’re at it, move the refrigerator at least one inch away from the wall to improve air circulation for the cooling system.
Finally, remember that a tight squeeze with make your freezer work more efficiently, so try to keep it full. If you don’t have a lot of frozen food, keep a gallon jug of water in the freezer to take up space.