6 energy efficiency changes you can make today

Energy efficiency in your home doesn't have to be time consuming. For each room, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your monthly bills and energy consumption. Implement these changes the next time you have five free minutes during your day.

Kitchen energy savers:

  • Don't overload your dishwasher. Placing too many plates and cups inside it causes it to work harder than it should and do a worse cleaning job. Scrape off food and other items on your plate before washing. In addition, don't run the dishwasher when it's half full. This is a waste of energy and dish detergent.
  • When cooking on the stovetop, use covers to cook your food which results in a shorter cooking time using less energy. Clean your appliances such as your fridge and oven regularly to keep them from overworking and burning out quicker than usual.

Laundry room energy savers:

  • According to This is Money, 90 percent of laundry machine energy is used to heat water. Using cold water decreases energy consumption and your heating bill.
  • Hang up your clothes instead of drying them all the way through. This can give them a light, fresh spring smell as well as reduce the use of electricity and power.

Bedroom energy savers:

  • Open your windows and let in a fresh breeze. On cooler days and nights, turn off your air conditioner and let the outside air cool down your room. 
  • Open your blinds. Letting in natural light makes a room feel more open and airy. It also decreases your electricity bill by eliminating the need for artificial lighting. Take advantage of the longer sunny days.

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