April is Earth month and is a great time to consider different ways to be more energy efficient. Not only will that lead to a boon for our environment, but it usually can save you money in the process. I don’t know about you, but I am happy to save money anywhere I can as the cost for many basic necessities is rising. Hearing that super bright leds lasts as long as 15 traditional incandescent bulbs while using 80% less energy had me wanting to implement that one easy change.
Easy Ways to Be More Energy Efficient that We Implement
As I am both budget and environmentally conscious, I am constantly teaching the kids about ways to live which impact both. That doesn’t mean that they always remember to do it.
Turn off the lights when you leave a room. This is one that has a HUGE impact for us. Summertime has the lights off more as there is usually plenty of ambient light throughout the day. But, come winter time when it is only light from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, the boys have a tendency to leave a LOT of lights on in the house. I’ve seen a visible difference in the electric bill when everyone is making a conscious effort to not illuminate the whole house at once.
Limit water usage when brushing teeth, washing dishes or washing your hands. While we are on a well and do not have the same ‘cost’ for running the water, I try to be a good steward of our resource by only running the water to get things wet (like your toothbrush or your hands) and then turning it off while you brush or wash with soap until you are ready to rinse with clean water.
Recycle or upcycle items that come into your home rather than throwing them out. Egg cartons can be used with sawdust and wax to make a firestarter. I wash out really nice containers (both glass and plastic) that can serve for storage or serving of different things. Heavy duty glass jars make for wonderful vases. Empty bread bags are saved for storing leftover pancakes and pizza. And, if we can’t use something, we look for a way to recycle it when possible. (Alaska goes through periods of time when glass can’t be recycled, though.)
Stop the cycle of energy vampires. Do you have all of your electronic devices constantly plugged in? If so, you are most likely drawing a decent bit of power throughout the day and night. Some appliances (like an old fashioned toaster) are not going to do this. But, TVs, DVD players, coffee pots, computers, etc. all drain small amounts of power when plugged into a socket.
Evaluate just how cool or warm you really need to be for comfort. Just a few degrees change can have a big effect on energy consumption and the associated costs. We typically keep the house in the low 60s during the winter. When we lived back east and had air conditioning, we set the thermostat for the low 80s most days. A programmable thermostat can help a lot with this as you can adjust for time of day based on who is home and what they are doing.
Be More Energy Efficient by Changing Out Light Bulbs #LEDSavings
One of the ways our family has elected to become more energy efficient is by changing out our light bulbs from the traditional incandescent ones. I went on a #CollectiveBias quest at my local Sam’s Club for more bulbs to replace the older ones we already have. Just a few aisles past the electronics section, I found a decent collection of options.
As the boys are notorious for leaving lights on throughout the house, especially in the dark winter months, I wanted something that should last a long time and cut back on our electric bill. The GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs seemed like the perfect fit for their bedrooms where you want a warm environment with good lighting for homework or reading. This budget conscious mom really likes the idea of saving around $80 in energy for the life of the bulb.
Check out the transformation, including how different the color saturation is for the GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs compared to the store brand halogen ones that were in the room. (Note ~ I did not do any touch up to these photos as I wanted to show how different the color is for the different bulbs.)
Both rooms look more warm and inviting with such a simple change. And, I am looking forward to not changing light bulbs in there for quite a while.
Are you ready to save money? Why not check out the energy consumption calculator and see how much money your family can save by making the simple switch. Then, grab a coupon to save money on the new GE LED Energy Smart bulbs before May 1st. What a win – win!
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What are some ways that your family strives to be more energy efficient?
Have you made the switch to the new energy efficient light bulbs or are you still running incandescent ones?