Both energy conservation and energy efficiency result in using less energy. Energy conservation is performing a behavior that results in not using energy at all. An example is turning off a light switch. Energy efficiency refers to the technological aspects of energy use. A compact fluorescent light bulb that uses less energy than a traditional bulb is more energy efficient. Homeowners can use many energy conservation and energy efficient strategies that will not only keep their family comfortable but they will save money.
Homes should be checked for energy systems that are costing money and are energy inefficient. Leaky windows or doors, older appliances, and inefficient cooling and heating systems contribute to a higher monthly energy bill. Replacing and repairing these energy users may require a financial investment but lower energy bills will eventually pay back the investment.
There are many small steps that can be taken by the home owner to save money on the energy bill. Energy conservation steps include:
- Shutting the lights off when you leave a room.
- Turning off the television, entertainment center, computer, etc.
- Air drying dishes.
- Air drying clothes.
- Taking short showers instead of baths.
- Making sure doors and windows are closed while heating or cooling the house.
Ways that homeowners can make their home more energy efficient and save money include:
- Purchasing a programmable thermostat that will efficiently manage your heat and cooling systems.
- Using power strips for electronic devices and turning the power strips off when retiring at night. TVs and DVD players use several watts of power in a standby mode.
- Purchasing low-flow showerheads.
- Washing only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Looking for Energy Star labels on light bulbs, home appliances and electronics, as these products meet strict efficiency guidelines.
There are many more ways to conserve energy and increase energy efficiency in the home. For more information, contact us at Indoor Solutions Inc. We serve Columbus, Pine Mountain, West Point and surrounding areas.