With the world moving more towards a sustainable society, it's more important than ever to save energy even while enjoying your life. This blog will look at some of the creative ways that will help you to save energy. \n\n\n\nThere are many creative ways to save energy, some of which include: \n\n\n\nAdd aerators to your faucetsAdd an insulating blanket \/ jacket (especially to older water heaters)Adjust your thermostat according to the time of dayAir-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher\u2019s drying cycleInsulate Your Attic \/ LoftInsulate heat pipes with foam pipe coversInsulate heating ductsCover open keyholes to avoid heat lossLeave your basement door open if heatedSeal air leaksUse solar light bulbsUse a smart thermostatInvest in solar roofsSwitch out incandescent lightsUse Foam Window SealsUse your electric kettle to boil water instead of a microwaveWash clothes with cold waterUser dryer balls (if you have to use the dryer)Use ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL and LED bulbsUse a microwave or toaster oven instead of your conventional oven to save energyUse smart power stripsReplace older home appliances with energy-efficient modelsInstall low-flow shower headsInvest in a tankless water heaterClean the dryer lint filter to save energyWeather-strip Doors & WindowsDraught proof your property\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n1. Add aerators to your faucets\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAdding aerators to your faucets is a great way to conserve water and save money on your monthly water bill.\n\n\n\nAerators add air to the stream of water, which makes the water flow more slowly. This allows you to use less water while you are still able to accomplish tasks such as washing dishes or brushing your teeth.\n\n\n\nInstalling aerators is a simple process and can be done in just a few minutes.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n2. Add an insulating blanket \/ jacket (especially to older water heaters) \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAdding an insulating blanket to an older water heater can help keep the water hotter for a longer period of time.\n\n\n\nThe insulation jacket helps trap the heat around the tank, which keeps the water warmer. \n\n\n\nIt's recommended that you use a thickness of at least 3 inches (or around 80mm). \n\n\n\nThis is especially beneficial in colder climates, where keeping the water heated can be more challenging, and therefore end up costing you more money to keep warm.\n\n\n\nOlder water heaters may not have as much insulation as newer models, so adding a jacket can make a big difference. There are many different types of insulation jackets available, so it is important to find one that is best suited for your needs.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n3. Adjust your thermostat according to the time of day\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIt's summertime and the weather is heating up, but are you still adjusting your thermostat according to the time of day?\n\n\n\nIf not, you should be! Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature can save you money on your energy bill, and it's easy to do by following these tips.\n\n\n\nDuring the daytime, when you're likely to be home, set your thermostat to around 78 degrees.\n\n\n\nWhen you're going to bed or leaving the house, lower the temperature by about 10 degrees so that you're not paying to warm your entire house whilst you're kept warm with your natural body heat under your duvet.\n\n\n\nIf you have a programmable thermostat, setting it to "fan only" at night can also help reduce your energy bill.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n4. Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher\u2019s drying cycle\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDishwashers use a lot of energy. A dishwasher\u2019s drying cycle uses even more energy. \n\n\n\nAir-drying your dishes instead of using the dishwasher\u2019s drying cycle can save you a lot of energy. \n\n\n\nIt is also good for the environment because it reduces the amount of water that needs to be used.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n5. Insulate Your Attic \/ Loft\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAdding insulation to your attic is a great way to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.\n\n\n\nIt can also help you save money on your energy bills. There are many different types of insulation available, so be sure to choose one that is best suited for your needs.\n\n\n\nPlywood and fiberglass batts are the most common type of insulation. Another option is foam board insulation. \n\n\n\nThere are many types of loft insulation on the market, all with their own benefits and drawbacks. \n\n\n\nThe most important factor to consider when choosing insulation is the climate you live in, as this will determine which type of insulation is best for your home.\n\n\n\nIn a cold climate, it is important to choose an insulation that can keep heat in your home. In a warm climate, you'll want an insulation that can keep the air conditioning in your home.\n\n\n\nThe most common type of loft insulation is fiberglass batting, which comes in rolls or panels. It is easy to install and relatively cheap, but it doesn't offer much thermal protection and can be prone to moisture damage.\n\n\n\nAnother option is blown-in cellulose insulation, which is made from recycled paper products. It is effective at stopping heat loss and noise transmission, but can be expensive to install. \n\n\n\nAn alternative to fiberglass and blown-in cellulose is sprayed-in polyurethane foam. It offers excellent thermal protection, but it can be expensive to install and difficult to work with.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n6. Insulate heat pipes with foam pipe covers\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIf you're looking for a way to keep your home warm this winter, you may want to consider insulating your heat pipes with foam pipe covers.\n\n\n\nThis is an affordable and easy way to help keep your energy bills down, and it can be done in just a few minutes. All you need is some foam insulation and a pair of scissors.\n\n\n\nFirst, cut the insulation to size and wrap it around the pipe. Make sure to cover the entire pipe, including the ends. Then use a sharp pair of scissors to cut off any excess insulation.\n\n\n\nFinally, use duct tape or electrical tape to secure the insulation in place.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n7. Insulate heating ducts\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHeating ducts are often located in unheated areas of the home, such as attics, basements and crawl spaces. This can lead to a loss of heat and increased energy bills.\n\n\n\nInsulating heating ducts can help to keep the heat in the ducts and reduce energy bills.\n\n\n\nTo insulate a duct, first remove the existing insulation. Then remove the vent cap and install a piece of foam roll insulation in the hole.\n\n\n\nFinally, replace the vent cap and secure it with either duct tape or electrical tape. Seal insulation gaps with caulk. \n\n\n\nThis can be done by filling in any gaps between the existing ductwork and the outside wall or ceiling and then covering the gap with caulk.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n8. Cover open keyholes to avoid heat loss\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAnother way to keep your home warm in the winter is to cover any open keyholes. Keyholes are a common place for heat to escape from your home.\n\n\n\nIt is important to keep them covered so that heat will not escape from your home. You can buy keyhole covers that are made of metal or plastic and place them in your keyholes.\n\n\n\nThey are inexpensive and quite easy to install. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n9. Leave your basement door open if heated\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIf your basement is heated, it's a good idea to leave the door open so the warm air can rise and circulate throughout the rest of your home.\n\n\n\nThis will help keep the rest of your house warm, and it will also prevent moisture from building up in the basement.\n\n\n\nIf your basement is not heated, however, you should leave the door closed so heat from your house doesn't escape.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n10. Seal air leaks\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAnother simple way to save money on wasted energy is to seal air leaks in your home. Air leaks can account for up to 30% of your energy bill, so plugging them up can really add up.\n\n\n\nThe best way to find air leaks in your home is to use an air leakage detector. This device tells you where the air in your home is leaking out.\n\n\n\nOnce you have identified the areas where air leaks are occurring, you can seal them up with caulking, foam insulation, or weather stripping.\n\n\n\nMaking your home more energy-efficient can save you money on your energy bills and help reduce your carbon footprint.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n11. Use solar light bulbs\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThere are many benefits to using solar light bulbs over traditional incandescent bulbs. Solar light bulbs use less energy, which can save you money in the long run. Additionally, they emit a lower level of heat, meaning they're safer to operate and less likely to cause fires.\n\n\n\nWhen shopping for solar light bulbs, make sure to choose ones that meet your specific needs. For example, if you want a bulb that will give off a bright white light, look for models that are designed for this purpose.\n\n\n\nYou can also choose based on the type of environment in which you'll be using the bulb. For instance, if you live in an area with plenty of sunlight, go for a model that uses solar energy to produce light instead of relying on artificial means like fluorescent or LED lights.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n12. Use a smart thermostat\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nA thermostat is a household device that helps manage the temperature of a room or building. The traditional thermostat has a dial that can be turned to increase or decrease the temperature.\n\n\n\nSmart thermostats are digital thermostats that can be controlled remotely with a smartphone or computer. Smart thermostats can save energy by automatically turning off when no one is home and turning on before you wake up or come home.\n\n\n\nThey can also be programmed to turn off when a set temperature is reached, so you don't have to keep adjusting the thermostat.\n\n\n\nIf you're considering a smart thermostat, be sure to read the reviews first. While doing research on these, I found that some people have had trouble with them not working properly or connecting to the internet.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n13. Invest in solar roofs\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSolar roofs are a great way to invest in renewable energy. Not only do they provide clean, sustainable power, but they can also save you money on your energy bills.\n\n\n\nSolar roofs are made of photovoltaic material that is installed on the roof of your home or business. Solar panels absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity. A solar roof can be connected to your home\u2019s electrical system or it can be detached and used as a standalone unit by itself.\n\n\n\nWhile they do require initial investment, they can pay for themselves over the long term. The average solar roof costs range from around $35,000, and depending on the size of your roof and how complex it is, can go for upwards of $60,000.\n\n\n\nWhile this is not by any means inexpensive, it should be seen as a long-term investment as well as a way to save money on your overall energy bills in the long-run. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n14. Switch out incandescent lights\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIn 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act was enacted in the United States with the goal of reducing energy consumption.\n\n\n\nOne way to reduce energy consumption is to switch out incandescent lights for more efficient light bulbs such as CFLs or LEDs.\n\n\n\nLEDs use about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last 25 times longer.\n\n\n\nCFLs, on the other hand, use up to 35% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. \n\n\n\nThe average lifespan of a CFL bulb is around 8000 hours when compared to LED's, which can last up to a staggering 25,000 hours. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \n\n\n\n15. Use Foam Window Seals\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n Foam window seals can help conserve energy in your home by reducing air leakage. This can result in a decrease in your home\u2019s energy consumption.\n\n\n\nWindow seals are available in different thicknesses and can be installed in single or double pane windows. They are typically easily removable and washable.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n16. Use your electric kettle to boil water instead of a microwave\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIf you're looking to save time and energy in the kitchen, you may want to start using your electric kettle to boil water instead of the microwave.\n\n\n\nHere are a few reasons why:\n\n\n\nElectric kettles are faster than microwaves. A full kettle of water can reach a boil in under five minutes, while it can take up to 10 minutes for a full microwave.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n17. Wash clothes with cold water\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMost people think that in order to get their clothes clean, they need to use hot water. However, this is not the case.\n\n\n\nWashing your clothes with cold water is more energy-efficient than using hot water, and will therefore save you money on your utility bills.\n\n\n\nNearly 90% of the energy used to wash clothes is for heating the water. \n\n\n\nHeating water can account for up to a third of a household\u2019s energy use. So washing clothes in cold water can save you both money and energy thus reducing your carbon footprint.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n18. User dryer balls (if you have to use the dryer)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nEnergy saving dryer balls are a natural and eco-friendly way to dry your clothes.\n\n\n\nThey are usually made of wool and work by absorbing the moisture in your clothes, which reduces the time it takes to dry them.\n\n\n\nThey also help to soften your clothes and can be reused many times over. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n19. Use ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL and LED bulbs\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nCFL and LED bulbs are both more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs.\n\n\n\nDepending on the model, CFL and LED bulbs can use anywhere from 1\/3 to 2\/3 of the energy required to produce the same amount of light as a traditional incandescent bulb.\n\n\n\nThey also last far longer, meaning that you will save money on your utility bills over time.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n20. Use a microwave or toaster oven instead of your conventional oven to save energy\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nConventional ovens can use up to five times more energy than a microwave or toaster oven. \n\n\n\nIf you're looking to save energy and money, consider using a microwave or toaster oven instead of your conventional oven.\n\n\n\nMicrowaves and toaster ovens use much less energy than regular ovens, so you'll save money on your energy bill. They also cook food more quickly, so you'll save time in the kitchen.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n21. Use smart power strips\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIt's easy to see the appeal of a smart power strip. After all, who wouldn't want to be able to control all of their electronics with the touch of a button?\n\n\n\nBut are smart power strips really worth the investment? Here are four reasons why you should use a smart power strip in your home.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n1. Smart power strips can help you save money on your energy bill.\n\n\n\nMost people don't think about their energy bill until it's too late.\n\n\n\nBy then, they've already racked up a large bill that they have to pay. However, there are ways to help reduce your energy bill.\n\n\n\nOne way is to buy a smart power strip.\n\n\n\nSmart power strips can help you save money on your energy bill by turning off the devices that are not in use. This can help reduce the amount of energy you use and, as a result, lower your energy bill.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n2. Smart power strips can make it easier to organize your electronics.\n\n\n\nAre you one of those people who has a lot of electronics?\n\n\n\nIf you are, then you know that it can be difficult to keep everything organized. Thankfully, there is a way to make things a little bit easier. All you need is a smart power strip.\n\n\n\nWhat is a smart power strip?\n\n\n\nEssentially, it is just like any other power strip, but it has some extra features.\n\n\n\nFor example, many smart power strips come with built-in timers. This means that you can set the strip to turn off or on at certain times of the day. This can be great for saving energy and money.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n3. Smart power strips can make it easier to control your electronic devices.\n\n\n\nMost people have a lot of electronic devices in their home: TVs, computers, printers, phones, and tablets to name a few. \n\n\n\nEach of these devices has a power cord that needs to be plugged into an outlet. If you have a lot of devices, then you might have a lot of cords plugged into outlets.\n\n\n\nThis can make it difficult to find an open outlet and can also create a lot of clutter. Smart power strips can help with both of those problems.\n\n\n\nMany smart power strips come with a remote control. This means that you can turn devices on and off from anywhere in the house. This is great for when you're trying to watch a show but don't want to get up from your chair.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n4. Smart power strips can help you protect your electronic devices from surges and spikes in voltage.\n\n\n\nSmart power strips usually have built-in surge protection and voltage monitoring capabilities, which helps to keep your devices safe from sudden changes in voltage. \n\n\n\nIf you are not using something that has surge protection then these sudden changes in voltage can damage your devices and can cause them to stop working.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n22. Replace older home appliances with energy-efficient models\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAs your home appliances reach the end of their lifespan, you should consider replacing them with newer, more energy-efficient models.\n\n\n\nWhile the initial cost of purchasing new appliances may be daunting, the long-term savings can be significant.\n\n\n\nIn fact, if all of your home appliances are 10 years old or older, replacing them with newer models could save you up a considerable amount of money on energy bills over the course of a year. \n\n\n\nManufacturers have made great strides in recent years in developing more energy-efficient appliances, so there\u2019s no need to sacrifice performance for efficiency.\n\n\n\nMany of the latest models are just as powerful as older models but use significantly less energy.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n23. Install low-flow shower heads\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIn the United States, the average person uses around 70 gallons of water per day.\n\n\n\nAbout 30% of that water is used in the bathroom, with the majority being used for showering. By installing a low-flow shower head, you can reduce your water usage by 25-50%.\n\n\n\nThere are a number of different low-flow shower heads on the market. Some work by using air to create a mist, while others use smaller nozzles to direct the water onto your body.\n\n\n\nWhichever type you choose, make sure it is rated to deliver 2.5 gallons or less per minute to ensure you are saving a good amount of water.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n24. Invest in a tankless water heater\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular in the United States and around the world. \n\n\n\nThey are a great investment because they can save you money on your energy bill and they last longer than traditional water heaters.\n\n\n\nA tankless water heater heats the water as it is needed, which means you never have to worry about running out of hot water. They also take up less space than traditional water heaters and use less energy.\n\n\n\nDepending on the amount of hot water used in your household daily, tankless water heaters can can be as much as 34% more energy efficient when compared to conventional storage tank water heaters, according to US Department of Energy. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n25. Clean the dryer lint filter to save energy\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe dryer is one of the most energy-intensive appliances in the home, so it's important to keep it running as efficiently as possible if you have little choice but to use it. \n\n\n\nOne way to do that is to clean the lint filter after every load of laundry. \n\n\n\nDried lint can block the air flow in the dryer and cause it to heat up more than necessary. Cleaning the lint filter will not only save you energy, it will also keep your dryer running smoothly and more efficiently.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n26. Weather-strip Doors & Windows \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWeather-stripping is a great way to help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.\n\n\n\nIt can be installed around doors and windows, and it is a relatively easy process. \n\n\n\nThe first step is to measure the opening that you want to weather strip. Once you have the measurements, you can purchase weather stripping that is the appropriate size.\n\n\n\nNext, you will need to remove the old stripping from around the opening. This can usually be done by using a screwdriver or a knife. Then, you will need to attach the new stripping in its place. Most weather stripping comes with adhesive backing, so it is easy to do this.\n\n\n\nFinally, test out your new weather stripping by closing and opening the door or window several times. If it seems like it is not fitting properly, make some adjustments until it does.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n27. Draught proof your property\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nDraft proofing is the process of making a building more resistant to the entry of cold air, wind, and moisture. In most cases, this is done by installing weather stripping around doors and windows, and by caulking any cracks or crevices in the building envelope. By doing so, you can save on heating costs, and you can keep the cold air out of your home.\n\n\n\nThere are a few things that you can do to help make your home more draft-proof. The first is to insulate your home properly. This includes using proper insulation in the walls, ceilings, and floors; installing weather stripping around doors and windows; and installing a vapor barrier.\n\n\n\nAnother thing that you can do is to install airtight seals on door and window frames. This will help to keep the air inside the building, and it will also help to prevent drafts from coming into your home.\n\n\n\nIn addition, you can seal any cracks or crevices in the building envelope with caulk. This will help to reduce the amount of cold air that gets into your home, and it will also keep moisture out of the building.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAs you can see, there are many ways to save money on your energy bills.\n\n\n\nSome are simple and easy, like turning off lights when you leave a room or unplugging electronics when they're not in use. Others may require a bit more effort, but can be well worth it in the long run, like upgrading to energy-efficient appliances or installing solar panels.\n\n\n\nNo matter what approach you take, making small changes can add up to big savings on your energy bills.\n\n\n\nSo get started today and start saving and doing your bit for the environment!