I’m a big fan of energy efficiency. It saves money, and it’s good for the environment. We put a lot of thought into making our home in Massachusetts energy efficient, and by the time we left our monthly utility bill had dropped 60% in the wintertime! Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite energy saving hacks, and I would love to hear yours in the comments for this post.
Energy Saving Hacks for Wintertime
- We keep our thermostat at 67 degrees in the wintertime, because every degree makes a difference in our heating bills. The kids love wearing soft fleece pants I sew to stay warm. A warm rice pack also makes a great personal heater!
- Block drafts. I turned old jeans into door draft blockers, and it made a big difference! Closing curtains also helps!
- Close off rooms you don’t need. Why heat space you don’t need to use?
Energy Saving Hacks for Summer
- We don’t have air conditioning in our California condo, and that fact alone is a big energy saver for us! I have learned to keep temperatures down without air conditioning by:
- Closing curtains and blinds, particularly those that face the sun (which windows face the sun will change depending on the time of day).
- Running fans. We find window fans particularly helpful in getting the hot air out and cooler air in once temperatures dropped.
- Line drying laundry. When the weather is hot, the outdoors are basically a giant dryer! Line drying laundry is an easy way to cut energy costs, and it makes your clothes smell nice, too!
Investment Energy Hacks
There are a lot of things that you can do that will drop your energy bill in the long run! Some of these require an up-front investment, but they can make a big enough difference to be worth the cost. We replaced a door and a couple of windows in our Massachusetts home, and definitely saw a big difference in our heating bills. We were able to get rebates on both of those projects, so be sure to always check for rebates before doing energy efficiency home improvements!
What are your favorite energy saving hacks?