Thanks to a growing number of greenhouse studies and rising global temperatures, more families than ever are reporting concern regarding their household energy consumption. Stephen Troese Jr., CEO and co-founder of leading energy efficiency design-build construction company LRI Energy Solutions, hopes to offer energy solutions to the thousands of Americans looking to reduce their carbon footprint this year. While there are many different ways to reduce your household’s energy use, Stephen Troese Jr. recommends the following inexpensive and effective solutions for those looking to make household changes today.
Be Conscientious of Appliances
Certain appliances such as computers, microwaves, and tv continue to use energy even when they are not in use. This is sometimes called standby mode and is a massive contributor to unknown energy consumption or “vampire energy.” Homeowners who hope to reduce their energy consumption are encouraged to turn off appliances (unplugging is unnecessary) when not in use to avoid this from occurring. Additionally, homeowners can also purchase energy-efficient appliances if they are concerned with their household’s total energy consumption. Energy-efficient appliances will often be rated using a 5-star system; however, homeowners should note that larger appliance’s overall energy consumption will often be higher than smaller models.
Purchase Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Today, incandescent light bulbs consume an excessive amount of electricity compared to energy-efficient alternatives. Many CFL and LED light bulbs such as Halogen incandescent bulbs and light-emitting diode bulbs use up to 80% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and can last between 3 to 25 times longer. Although many consumers still turn to incandescent light bulbs due to their affordability, in the long run, energy-efficient bulbs will often cost less than traditional bulbs, thanks to their longevity and low energy consumption.
Reduce Water Heating Expenses
One of the biggest contributors to total household energy consumption is water heating. While the best way for households to lower their water heater energy consumption is by purchasing an energy-efficient water heater, there are three other methods households can use to reduce their consumption and expenses.
- Use less hot water by turning down the thermostat on the water heater
- Reduce the number of warm laundry loads and use less hot water in the shower
- Insulate water heater and the first six ft of hot and cold water pipes.
Those considering replacing their water heater with a more efficient model are encouraged to research different water heater models as their efficiency thoroughly can vary anywhere between 8-3000% more than the conventional storage water heater.