If you are away from your home right now, I guarantee you are throwing away money. On average, American’s spend 20% of their energy costs on wasted energy within their homes, much of which happens when they are away. Whether you’ve left the lights on, are cooling an empty house, or forgot to turn off your computer, you are wasting energy and your hard earned cash.
Luckily for you, there are simple solutions to help you conserve energy while you’re away. So next time you leave your home, keep these tips in mind to save yourself energy and money!
Tips to Save While Away
Unplug Your Appliances
There is a mobile application called Vampire Energy Calculator, which is actually an application that solves the problem of what energy professionals call phantom energy. Basically, this is energy that is not directly used at a given time, but still uses energy or electricity consumption while turned off. Believe it or not, your blender, although only used once a week (average), still uses energy and sucks up your electricity, increasing your monthly bill. Download the Vampire Energy application and find out what is sucking the most energy while plugged in.
This is a new phenomenon and is creating great buzz around the energy industry because of the correlation between technology and sustainable engineering. If you’re interested in finding the best energy efficient smart thermostat, look up a company called Nest.
I like this company because they are simple and the technology is efficient and integrated. You’re actually able to turn your thermostat on or off from remote locations and change settings on the fly.
The initial cost is minimal for the potential savings involved with continual monitoring and tracking of room temperatures. Given that A/C units account for about 50% of energy costs, it’s important to control the output of your unit.
Turn Up the Heat
When you leave the apartment or house, make sure to turn your thermostat up to approximately 78 degrees. In addition, connecting all appliances or lights to a controllable strip, such as a power strip, will increase efficiency. You’ll be able to simply turn off the power strip and save on all the loss of phantom power. In addition, if you have lighting controls, good for you. You can download applications that allow you to control your lighting and power controls. Most applications are free, but some of the monitoring systems have costs to implement.
Close Drapes or Shades
Windows are actually one of the largest sources of heat gain, particularly in the south, where people experience high temperatures and do not have sufficient window panes. Make sure you’re shading your windows from the exterior. Making sure your drapes and shades closed during the day helps keep unwanted heat out of your home so your AC doesn’t have to work as hard.
Turn Off Your Lights
Use energy efficient lighting and controls throughout your home where applicable. Make sure you’re maximizing your potential savings through home lighting control panels as well. If you’re interested in the most cost-effective plan of attack and implementation process, please consult www.energystar.com. There are also many apps that allow you to control your lights from your smart phone just in case you forget to turn them off before you leave.
This article was written by Matthew Hall. Matthew hates waste and is always looking to conserve resources, energy, and money. He is a professional writer for BobHeinmiller.com. You can connect with Matthew by visiting his Google+.