Practice Energy Efficiency at Home with the Whole Family

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Some may not see using a compact fluorescent light bulb or fixing a leaky faucet as a big contribution in reducing the energy cost at home or in helping protect and conserve the environment. However, if done as a family, a big difference in your electrical and energy bills will be very visible. A significant amount of savings can be done as a team if practiced regularly at home.

All it takes is a few minutes each month and some conscious use of the appliances you have at home. Here are other ways on how to get started.

  1. Do a home energy audit

Before you can make changes at home, you need to know your actual current energy consumption. Survey and analyze your home’s structure, insulation, and appliances. The most important thing is to know your family’s lifestyle in relation to using energy at home. From this list, you can create preventive measures on how each of the family members can contribute in helping save energy in your household.

  1. Furnace and air filters should be kept clean

Make it a habit to always keep your air filters and furnace filters clean. Clogged and dirty filters require more energy to work efficiently compared to clean ones. To make it a family affair, assign members of the household to take turns in cleaning these filters once a week.

  1. Turn off the lights

Keep the lights off in unused areas at home. Have a “light patrol” assigned on a daily basis. This person is in charge in looking after light bulbs that are left on and unused at home. You can also make this person in charge in unplugging unused appliances at home.

  1. Keep curtains and blinds closed at night

Constantly remind the whole family to keep the curtains and blinds in their room closed especially during the night. This will keep the cold air out decreasing heating cost inside your homes. Keep them open during the day to allow the sun to warm your rooms and living areas.

  1. Dispose your space heaters

Electric kerosene and propane models are very expensive to operate; they are also very dangerous so it would be better if you do not have them at home.

  1. Plant a tree

Tree planting is a fun and fruitful family activity you can try at home. You can even name a tree for a specific family member and make it a competition in nurturing it. Have fruit-bearing trees at home if your space allows you to or some shrubs and small trees that will provide shade and cool your area in general.

Saving and keeping your home energy efficient can be a fun and creative family activity. Create a reward system that will encourage everyone in participating diligently on the tasks assign to each of them. Work as a family and as a team and you’ll see a big difference.

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