Hm, the easiest thing? Here are a few suggestions and pick the ones you like.
Use your dishwasher. It may seem counter intuitive, but if you have a newer model, it may actually be much more efficient (less water, energy and soap) than hand washing. Just make sure to always run it full, and minimize pre-rinsing.
Run your washing machine and clothes dryer full. Reduce the number of loads you need to do along with your money saving. Better yet, hang your clothes out on a line to dry, the sun can even help bleach your whites.
Exchange your water fixtures for low flow models. You can get up to 40% savings on water usage.
Exchange your light bulbs for LED lights. Switching out your old incandescents for LEDs will end up saing you money. Although there is a high initial cost to make the switch, you will be reaping the benefits of reduced energy costs for the extended lifetime of the bulb.
Although coming up with an absolute “easiest” thing is subject to opinion, one of the simplest things to do is to eliminate what’s called “vampire energy”. Many appliances and electronic devices use energy even when they are turned off, like that little light from your TV, the clock on your coffee maker, or active power strips. Each single product uses very little energy, but all together the energy vampires in your home make up to about 10% of your energy use.
How do we deal with them? Unplug! Unplug chargers when they’re not in use, disconnect your laptop from the wall when you’re not working with it, unplug the TV. Your household will be using far less energy!
Here are a couple of suggestions for what you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
1) Plant trees and shrubs around your house to make sure it’s well shaded During the summer months, the foliage will block the infrared radiation that would warm the house, while in winter the bare branches let this radiation come through.
2) Improve the efficiency of your hot water system. First, turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F) and make sure you insulate your hot water lines so they don’t cool off as quickly between uses.
Hope this helps!
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