10 ways to save energy

Almost everyone is looking for ways to save energy. With these 10 ways to save energy you can do some little things and make a big difference. 

1. Seal Drafts

When your house is drafty you're losing energy at an alarming rate. There are products you can use to tuck under doors and around window seals, but the best long term solution is to fix them with the advice of your local home improvement store.

2. Monitor Your Power Usage

You can purchase a power monitor at most home improvement stores. This small investment will allow you to see what's going on in your house so you can make changes and see your usuage drop.

3. Energy Star and Other Ratings

Many appliances and home electronics are now equipped to be more energy efficient on their own. You can also many appliances or electronics to turn off after a set amount of time.

4. Turn Things Off

Always turn off electronics and appliances (as applicable) when you're not using them. Train your family to do the same thing.

5. Use Power Strips

Power strips protect your electronics and help regulate the power that runs to them also. This keeps your electronics from continue to build power even when they're not in use.

6. Change Out Lightbulbs

One of the best ways to save energy is to use more energy efficient lightbulbs. The new generation of lightbulbs last longer and use less energy without losing the brightness. Compact Flourescent Lights (CFL) are one option, though they contain Mercury and have been known to explode. Another safe option is LED's which are becoming more affordable as their popularity grows.

7. Switch to Cold Water

Laundry gets just as clean in warm or cold water. There are also detergents available that help get your clothhes clean if you're worried about the transition.

8. Unplug After Charging

Avoid overcharging and keep an eye on portable electronics. Phones, MP3 players and other charging electronics can overcharge and waste energy if they sit there too long. Many have a message or other indicator when they're done. Pay attention and unplug them when they're finished charging. 

9. Turn Off the Dry Feature on Your Dishwasher

This uses extra energy that just isn't needed. Consider hand drying or crack the dishwasher door a little to allow them to air dry more quickly.

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This site and information is based around information you can start using today to save energy in your home. Consider the other suggestions they offer to find what will work best in your situation. 

If you live in an older house also consider making long-term investments like insulation, new windows, a new roof, finish the basement, energy efficient appliances or other energy efficiency suggestions. Many times you can work these into a home renovation loan and will see an instant return in the value of your home.

Saving energy doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. You can use seemingly small tips and tricks to make big changes in your energy consumption and power bill.