There are several great ways you can learn how to reduce your home energy costs if you live in a house or an apartment. I have tried several over the years, and while some work better than others, these are some of the best ideas that I came up:
Your Water Heater
If you are shopping around for a new water heater, try a tankless water heater. We have one that runs on propane and pay maybe 10-15 bucks a month for hot showers. If you have a water heater tank, you can use less energy by turning down the thermostat the hot water heater to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to kill bacteria and have a good bath, but low enough for you to save a lot of money.
You can also save money on your Water Heater by installing a low-flow shower head in your shower. This will use a lot less water than a traditional shower, so you will have less heat and more people can take a shower before I drain the hot water. If you still want to save money on heating bills and water in their water bills, shorten the shower. Turn the water off while you’re soaking or washing your hair. Come on in, rinse, turn off the water, wash your hair, soaping her body, then turn on the water and rinse.
Wash clothes in cold water. I don’t have a hot water connection to my washing machine and our clothes come out so clean with cold water as hot water. I even wash diapers and they are left stain-free. If you use a dishwasher, only run it when it is completely full. If you wash the dishes by hand, you can wash them without the use of hot water at all. Keep a spray bottle of soapy water next to the sink. Once you have finished with a plate, spray it with water and SOAP, wash and rinse it out with your hand, then set it at them next to the easel. For greasy dishes immediately, immerse them in cold water and soap for several hours and the grease will come out well.
If you leave your home to go on holiday, you can turn your water heater to its lowest setting, or you can turn it off leaving only the pilot light on and it uses almost no energy at all. You can also cover your water heater with a water heater blanket of fiberglass. Do not use a regular blanket how can ignite. If you can’t buy a water heater blanket, check the Freecycle to see if anyone has an old that they are willing to part with.
Even if you live in an apartment, you can do so using drying racks or a rack hanging from the ceiling. To make a drying rack for use in your apartment, you will need two large heavy hook bolts, some rope or two metal hangers and a long pole as an old broomstick. Find a stud in the ceiling not too close to the wall and screw your hook screws in it about four feet apart. Hang a rope or a metal coat hanger sticking out of each one and hang your polo among them. Hang the wet clothes on hangers and hang them the pole about three to four inches apart so that air can circulate between them. Small items can be dried in a cheap plastic clothes hanger over its tub. These can be purchased at any dollar store. The above equipment can be overthrown if you have company or when you’re not doing anything.
You can also create a hanging clothes dryer as the bars in your closet used for hanging your clothes against a wall. You will need two or three shelf hangers with hooks like those in your closet. This can work as a discrete shelf in your living room. If the clothes don’t dry completely, using this method, you can beat them by plumping them in a dryer. Clothes much faster dry in the Sun (and the Sun will help your bleach white) then hang the equipment near a sunny window, if possible.
Besides the obvious turning off lights when you are not using them, there are some other ways to save money on lighting, too. First, replace their bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps. CFLs are much more affordable than it used to be and still cheaper than incandescent bulbs. They may cost more initially, but they last ten times and you save on your energy too.
Then, remove the additional lights sockets that are not needed. If your ceiling fan has four lamps in it, remove three. You really only need to light up a room. Also check your bathroom. Many bathroom fixtures have two lamps when only one is necessary.
There is a myth that says that it takes more energy to turn on the light, especially a fluorescent light, which is used if you just leave the light on. That’s not true. A study done on Mythbusters proved that use light bulbs only a fraction of a second to power when they are turned on and fluorescent lights, while they have an energy burst when first turned on, use only twenty seconds of power on that explosion, so always turn off your lights when you are not using them. Incandescent lamps and halogen lamps use incredibly high amounts of energy, while fluorescent lamps and fluorescent lamps comact are more energy efficient.
Seal the Windows and Doors
Check the seals on your Windows and if there is any leakage, use caulk to seal cracks or cover them with transparent tape. Use a clear shower curtain to cover each of its Windows and seal the edges with strong adhesive tape. This will allow the light and will allow you to view the window without looking bad on the outside.
Use transparent tape to seal all around the edges of doors not used as patio doors. If your front door has all the gaps between the door and the door frame, you can solve this by using strips of cardboard boxes. Cut into pieces of cardboard to fit the gaps and burn them firmly in place. The door should fit comfortably on the Board. If you are careful, this doesn’t look as bad as it looks and should not be visible at all unless the door is open.
Block Off Unused Rooms
Months, to save money on heating and air conditioning during the summer and winter is a good idea to block all rooms that you are not using. If you have additional rooms or bathrooms, you can do it all the time. For other rooms, such as their own bedroom, you can keep the room closed during the day, then open it at night.
Seal the Windows in the room if you can. You can do this by placing a plastic sheet, plastic shower curtain or white plastic trash bag over the window and seal it with duct tape or masking tape around the edges of the great painter. Seal any ventilation of heating or air conditioning in the room also closing the vent and covering it with a magnetic air vent Cap. You can try to burn the plastic on the vent, but we think this often does not work and the air will blow the vent open again. Be sure to check it out. Finally, close the door to the room and stuff a rolled-up towel under the door so no heat escapes under it.
It’s a good idea to shut up all the rooms in the House this way, except for the living room and kitchen. Close the bathroom and bedroom also. You will use the bathroom only for short periods of time throughout the day so it doesn’t matter much. Close the room when you are awake and at night when you go to bed, living room and kitchen close the vents in the rooms and opening the ventilation in the room. You can reverse it again, when you wake up in the morning.