10 habits that waste energy in your home

August 18, 2017


10 habits that waste energy in your home

The best things one can do so as to save the energy in your home is by getting the energy audit. Boing this will assist us in determining what requires to be done to your home in the save energy. Though, the energy audit may only take one so far when you have the bad habits that the waste energy in our home. Here are 10 habits that waste energy in your home:

1. Letting the energy vampires haunt you

Energy vampires in many cases are electronics which continue to draw the power even when they are not in use. The cable box with the DVR being plugged in for the year and not used, could add $38 to the electric bill vanquishing those vampires by the unplugging items if it is possible, when not being in use. The power strips make it very simple in toggling the switch.

2. Leaving on the lights when you are not in a room

The light fixture with the two 60-watt bulbs which is left on for the eight hours every weekday, could add for $25 the year to the electric bill. Therefore, be certain switching off lights, whether you are leaving a house in going to work or walking from one room to other.

3. Washing partial loads of dishes

The average dishwashers draw at about 1,800 watts of the electricity. Used every day, for the hour, it could cost $66 the year in a run. If the dishwasher were being used for two days the week on an average, the homeowner could save about $19 at that year.

4. Not installing the storm windows

If you are storming windows, take a time in installing them before the winter hits. This time investment would be paid with the savings. A National Resources Defense Council approximates storm windows may reduce the heat loss by 25-50 percent in the cold weather.

5. Leaving microwave door open

This is the example of the energy vampire that worthy of the special statement. On the average, the microwave ovens with a door being left open use about 26 watts of the electricity as compared to 3 watts for the oven with a door closed. 23-watt difference could add upto $20 to the electric bills over a course of the year even if the oven never heated the single burrito.

6. Taking the daily hot bath

The occasional hot baths are the nice way of ending the stressful day. Day-in day-out, the shower is the more effective way of getting it clean. The 10-minute showers under the low-flow showerheads use 20 gallons of the water as compared to 30 gallons being used in the typical bath. Over a course of the year, opting for the daily shower would save about 3,600 gallons and more of water and the energy required to heat the water.

7. Leaving the water heater's thermostat set very high

Find the water heater's temperature regulator and then lower it upto 120 degrees Fahrenheit which is sufficient for many household tasks. As per one estimate which simple changes would assist homeowners to save 15-25 percent on the water heat costs.

8. Not programming the home's thermostat

There is probably no better reason in keeping the home at the occupied temperature when you are away. At any cost have the programmable thermostats, take some minutes of setting it. Get the habit to re-set it when you are leaving, arrive, going to bed and even wake up. As per the Energy.gov, turn the thermostats back 10- 15 degrees for exactly eight hours would save the homeowners 5-15 percent the year on the heating bills.

9. Using the outdated appliances

You can think you're saving the money by not splurging to new appliances and by using the old ones upto they have croaked, but you cannot take an account of the potential energy of savings when are missing out on it. Newer, the energy-efficient appliances could meaningfully reduce the energy usage. You may recover up-front cost of an appliance through savings on the energy bill and then enjoy a luxury of the upgrade at same time.

10. Falling asleep with a TV being on.

You cozy up on the couch ready for the favorite show even before you recognize it, you awaken at four am and the TV is onto next season now. Luckily this may only add to some wasted cents, but when this is the nightly ritual, you're wasting about $55 the year. To cure this, you may program the TV to turn off a screen after some few hours, or ditch the habit totally the sleep quality may improve too.

The Author | Scott Harrison
Scott is a happily married father of 2 and likes spending his spare time walking his dogs and taking his kids to the movies. View More Post from Scott Harrison