Limiting standby power, weatherizing your home and other easy tips for maximizing your energy savings

Recently, digital news website PC Advisor published an article listing simple energy-saving tips that people can easily begin implementing in their daily lives. Not only do these suggestions benefit the environment, but they can also help cut the costs of your utility bills.

The simplest place to start is by reducing the amount of standby power your electronics consume by unplugging your devices when you aren't actively using them. According to EnergyStar, standby power accounts for more than $10 billion in annual energy costs, or, about $100 per household. While it makes sense to leave things like clocks on at all times, you might want to unplug your TVs, DVD players and computers when you don't need them.

When it comes to heating and cooling your home, there are a few easy actions you can take to reduce costs. Programmable thermostats are helpful because they adjust the temperature automatically, maximizing your energy savings. By caulking and weatherstripping windows and doors, you can keep heat from escaping your house and cut back on utility bills during the winter. During the warmer months when you use an air conditioner, it's important to clean the filters regularly and keep the surrounding area clear to maintain airflow.

Chances are, the appliances you have in your kitchen use a lot of energy. While turning your refrigerator and freezer off isn't advised, you can make sure that the temperature settings aren't lower than they need to be and that your fridge isn't too overcrowded, which can prevent the air from circulating properly. If you have a dishwasher, don't pre-rinse your dishes before loading them into it. This can help you save money on your water bill. And when you're boiling water in the tea kettle, only fill it with as much as you need.

By implementing these simple changes, you can make your home more energy-efficient and save money on monthly bills. If you're interested in more significant upgrades, you may want to contact a home inspection contractor. They can conduct an energy audit and help you determine how to get started.