Whether you want to save some bucks or would just like to feel better about yourself by thinking that you’re saving the environment, you’re probably looking to save a bit of energy. I’m going to give you some tips for this as I have applied them time and again and they seem to work rather decently. Sometimes, it’s difficult to stick to these rules, especially if you’ve become accustomed to relying heavily on electricity or you just have the habit of using all the lights in your home even though you’re sitting in front of the TV in your bedroom.
One of the first tips I’ll give you is to turn your refrigerator down. I don’t know about you, but I’m in a long-distance relationship at this time in my life, and so I’m hardly interested in cooking something overly complex just for myself. What this means is that my fridge has some basic ingredients like salad, a bottle of wine, cheeses and sometimes, some rotisserie chicken. So, for just a handful of foods, I couldn’t possibly keep my fridge on the highest setting, right? There’s no point in doing that.
I tried adjusting the water heater thermostat because I have a boiler and it’s rather obvious that I don’t wash my body every minute of every day. However, this feat was the most difficult one for me, and I ended up abandoning it altogether. When I get back home from work, I need to make sure that I’m able to take a shower with the hottest water possible in the cold season. I don’t like taking cold showers even in the summer and even if the weather is scalding.
I also started to replace my old appliances gradually so that they don’t consume so much juice. My grandmother had given me some things, but they had been manufactured back in the 70s. Even though they were perfectly functional, I was under the impression that they were the culprits for my obscene bills. I was right. Once I replaced my antique fridge and got a new one, I could actually see the difference.
Something other that I managed to do is use air conditioning as rarely as possible. I believe that we, Americans, unfortunately, tend to rely on AC way too much. I’ve seen people wear sweaters in their homes during the summer even though outdoors, the weather was scorching. Just wear a t-shirt when it’s hot and a sweater when it’s cold. Also, make sure to weatherize your house so that there are no leaks where cold air could go in during the winter.
Try to recycle as many products as possible, but I guess you don’t need me to tell you that. It’s our responsibility to preserve nature for future generations.