Are you looking to cut energy costs this year while being environmentally friendly? There are several ways to reduce your energy bill and help preserve the environment while you are at it. Being green does not necessarily mean you have to spend exorbitant amounts of money on green technology, it just means you can manage your current lifestyle more efficiently. We have some energy saving tips to help you do just that.
Reducing the amount of electricity you consume seems like a no-brainer to save on energy. Lighting your home generally contributes about 10% to your overall energy bill. Switching to energy efficient bulbs like CFLs or LEDs can reduce this because these bulbs are 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. You can also reduce energy consumption by unplugging unused electronics and appliances. Even if they are turned off, any appliance or electronic device that is plugged in consumes some power.
This works on two levels: transportation and home heating/cooking. Fuel for vehicles can be an expensive commodity, so it is always beneficial not to waste it. Gasoline powered vehicles are also a leading contributor to carbon emissions. Using a hybrid, or better yet, an all-electric vehicle reduces the amount of fuel needed for transportation and subsequently the amount of carbon emissions. For those of us still driving gas powered vehicles, take some small steps to make travel more efficient. Avoid having to make left turns as much as possible, since all the idle waiting to cross traffic is like getting 0 miles per gallon. The same goes for idling a car in the winter to warm it up.
At home, you can be more energy efficient with natural gas in a few ways. Turning down your thermostat just one degree can save between 1-3% on your energy bill. Home climate control contributes to about 50% of your energy bill, so taking steps to reduce that are always a good idea. Lowering the temperature setting on your water heater from 140° to 120°F can also save a lot of energy. When cooking, make sure to use a stove element that is appropriately sized for your pots and pans. An element that is too small will not heat efficiently and an element that is too large wastes excess energy.
Installing low-flow shower heads and aerators reduce the flow of water, which helps conserve water. Much of the water we use is heated and that takes energy to do. The water is also pumped throughout the house to toilets, faucets, showers, washing machines, and dishwashers. By reducing the amount of water wasted, you also save that pump from unnecessary operation. Fix any leaky faucets or running toilets to minimize wasted water. Insulating hot water pipes will also retain more heat, which results in less water needed to be delivered hot.
Switching to an environmentally friendly energy supplier, like Source Power & Gas can also help you minimize your carbon footprint. We offer plans that utilize green wind-generated electricity. Wind power is very environmentally friendly, emitting zero emissions, unlike coal and gas. We offer several flexible plans that can lock in a low rate for electricity and our green plans are no different. You can lock in a low rate that takes advantage of 100% renewable energy content.
Electronic billing, also called e-billing or paperless billing, takes paper out of the equation when it comes to paying your energy bill. This can potentially save thousands of trees and it also makes bill paying fast and easy. There is no worry about a payment being late due to the mail carrier; with online bill pay, it’s instantaneous. It also helps reduce clutter from excess paper in your home.