5 Energy-Efficient Resolutions for a Greener Home in 2024
Behind the scenes of the flickering lights and humming appliances, natural gas plays a significant role in powering our homes. Yet, beneath its surface-level cleanliness, there lies a stark truth. The process of burning natural gas to generate electricity releases pollutants into the air, contributing to the ominous cloud of climate change. Despite its reputation, natural gas extraction from the earth and its transportation leave a substantial mark on the environment, painting a picture far removed from the "clean" image it's often given.
As we bid farewell to another year, many of us are reflecting on the past and contemplating ways to enhance our lives in the coming months. If you're seeking a resolution that not only benefits your wallet but also makes a positive impact on the environment, look no further. Your home, the sanctuary where you unwind, create, learn, and live, demands a significant amount of energy to maintain its cozy ambiance. Step into the New Year embracing resolutions that not only transform your living space into an even more comfortable haven but also contribute to a greener planet and more robust savings. With energy costs on the rise, driven in part by global events, now is the perfect time to explore five impactful resolutions that not only trim your energy bills, but also shrink your environmental footprint.
Let's embark on a path that not only saves you money but also aligns with a commitment to a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. Here are our top five resolutions for a more energy-efficient and cost-effective home in the coming year:
5 Easy Ways to Lower Your Home Energy Use
1. Unplug Energy Vampires
Bid farewell to idle power consumption by identifying and unplugging major energy vampires lurking in your home. There are nearly 50 household appliances and devices that still consume energy, even while “off.” Nearly 25% of all residential energy use is the result of devices that are in idle power mode, meaning that they’re either asleep or off.
Completely unplugging all of your appliances is probably not an option, considering that some of those cords are impossible to get to without moving heavy items. Instead, aim to unplug the biggest energy vampires, which are:
- Washing machines
- Cable boxes
- Coffee makers
- Smart TVs
- Apple TVs
2. Strategize Heating and Cooling
3. Use LEDs
4. Lock In Treated Air
- Doors and windows should have proper seals to keep inside air in.
- Fridges and freezers should have snug seals to keep cold air in.
- Ductwork must be properly sealed to direct heating and air conditioning.
5. Work Smarter in the Kitchen
- Unplug any secondary freezers or fridges when not in use.
- Keep your fridge at 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit - the optimal temperature.
- Keep your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
- Use the economy cycle setting on your dishwasher.
- Thaw food in the fridge before you cook it to reduce cook time.
- Use a microwave instead of your oven when possible, since it uses less energy.