Solve Your Biggest Problems With Energy Management
If you’ve ever gotten your gas or electricity bill and gasped at the amount due, you’re not alone. Energy consumption is increasingly growing for households and businesses alike. In fact, the average American household uses double the energy it needs! Whether you want to conserve energy for financial reasons or you’re simply striving to cultivate a minimalist mindset, energy management is the key to a happier and healthier life.
Take Advantage of Natural Light as Much as Possible
If you’re on a budget, getting a whooping electricity bill can put a damper on things. Whether you want to improve your finances or just place more focus on your social and environment responsibility, managing your energy consumption is key. It’s the way to affordable and responsible living, and natural light is your golden ticket there.
Take a look around your home. Are your windows draped in curtains and blinds, preventing natural sunlight from coming in? Pull up all shades, draperies, and curtains so you can naturally heat your house with sunlight (and prevent turning your thermostat up.) Set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees and set your temperature for your house at 68 degrees during the day and 60 at night.
Beware of Your Bathroom (It Consumes 75 Percent of Water Used!)
Of all the rooms that energy is overused and overconsumed in your home, point the blame at your bathroom. The bathroom alone uses 75 percent of all water used. How long are your showers? Just a ten minute shower can fill up 50 gallons of water! Small steps can be taken to conserve energy in this room alone (and lower your electricity and water bill immediately.) Take a bath instead of a shower. While it may seem that more water is used with a bath, a 10 or 15 minute shower is the real culprit. Rejuvenate body and mind in a relaxing bath (just fill the tub up halfway) for 20 minutes and consume less while being able to soak for a longer period of time.
Flick the Switch
Did you know that just by keeping the lights off in your bedroom for one hour keeps two pounds of pollutants out of the environment? If you change just one thing, make it this one: flick the switch. Every time you leave a bedroom, the kitchen, bathroom or living room, turn the lights off. Start unplugging those ‘extra’ appliances you don’t use on a daily basis (blender, juicer, panini maker). Think about it like this: if it’s plugged in, it’s using electricity constantly. Unplug what you don’t need, and save yourself up to $10 a month.
Whatever your reason may be for conserving energy in your home (financial, a guilty conscious or a New Year’s resolution), everyone wins. You’ll save money by taking shorter showers, and turning off the lights. You’ll have the personal satisfaction of using only what you need, and eliminating a habit of overconsumption. But most of all, you’ll be able to know that your personal contribution of saving and conserving is directly helping the environment. That’s a win/win for everyone.