Everyone is talking about being energy efficient. We all know to shut the lights off, turn down the heat and don’t let the water run, but is there other things we can do to keep our energy usage down? Of course there is! Here are five uncommon ways to be more energy efficient.
Install new eco-friendly shower heads. Moving water in any way into your home takes energy. In order to pump it in from a well, you need electricity. If you have a public water supply, it still takes electricity to move water in and out of your home. Heating that water that you just moved into your home takes even more energy. Using a low pressure shower head will dump less gallons per minute than an older high pressure model. The lower pressure models of today are manufactured to lessen the amount of water per minute, but still give you a nice refreshing shower.
Install new replacement vinyl windows. Old windows will crack, warp and move over the years. This causes them to move inside their opening in your exterior wall. This creates cracks and holes that allow for heat to escape and cold air to come in. Some window defects can be repaired, but nothing is as sure as replacing your old, cold windows with new energy efficient vinyl replacement windows.
Block your unused chimney. If you do not use your chimney anymore, blocking it is the way to go. You can call a professional and have them cap it off, or you can stuff old blankets or newspapers up in it. Unused chimneys can be an open freeway for cold air to come in and warm air to go outside. Do not block off your chimney if there’s any chance that you may use it. A good idea is to put a sign on your fireplace or stove that lets everyone know that the chimney is blocked and not able to be used.
Toilet water control. Using less water in your toilet is an easy and effective way to lessen your water usage. Placing a rock or brick in your toilet tank will lessen the amount of water used per flush, but still have enough to have a clean flush.
Shut off your coffee pot. After your coffee is done brewing, shut your machine off. Put your hot coffee in an insulated thermos to keep it hot all day without the added electricity. If you add hot water to your thermos and let it sit for a few minutes before adding your hot coffee then your thermos will be preheated and ready to hold your hot coffee for hours to come!
Being more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a big change. Small steps can add up and make a big difference on your energy usage!