Although conserving energy is everyone’s responsibility, there are lots of reasons to want your home to be as energy-efficient as possible. Energy-efficient homes make it easier to reduce your family’s carbon footprint. Plus, saving energy is among the best ways to make sure your utility bills stay as low as possible throughout the year. The following tips can help.

1.  Be Mindful of Energy Usage

Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be about spending a small fortune on new appliances or remodeling your home with saving energy in mind. The best place to start is with simple changes to how you and your family use energy on an everyday basis. Get in the habit of turning off lights and powering down appliances when you’re not using them. Consider doing things the old-fashioned way when it comes to household chores that normally require the use of energy-intensive appliances. (Examples include line-drying clothing and bedding instead of using the dryer or doing your dishes by hand more often instead of always using the dishwasher.) Challenge your entire family to always be on the lookout for ways they can make similar choices.

2.  Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs

If your household is like most, heating and cooling costs account for a lot of what your family spends on utilities every month, so it’s a good idea to rethink your approach to temperature controlling your home. Set your thermostat as modestly as you can while still remaining comfortable, especially in the winters and summers when energy usage spikes and utility costs rise. Dressing in seasonally appropriate clothing even while indoors can help a lot with this. When your family is sleeping at night or out of the house during the day, set your thermostat more modestly still for even great savings. A programmable thermostat can automate this process for you and make it easier.

3.  Cut Back on Water Heating Expenses

Water heating is another common contributor to high utility bills and energy use in the average home, so this is another great place to focus. Simply using less hot water when and where you can is perhaps the simplest way to cut back, but it’s not the only one. Tweaking your hot water heater can be really helpful as well. Start by turning down the thermostat on yours. Then consider insulating both the heater itself and the nearby pipework to help the energy you do use go as far as possible. When the time comes to replace your current heater, consider upgrading to a model built with energy efficiency in mind.

4.  Weatherproof Your Home

Air leaks may not seem like they’d affect your home’s energy usage all that much, but they absolutely can. Thoroughly inspect your home and take care to seal any leaks that you find. (Attics and basements can be especially prone to this type of thing.) Make sure doors and window frames form tight seals when shut. Consider whether or not it’s time to better insulate your home as well. Saving energy is easier than you think it is, and it all starts with simple solutions like these. Get started today!

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