Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post, and encouraging me to share tips for a smarter home!
Let’s face it, everything is increasing in cost. It’s one of the realizations that made me realize I work too hard to just let my money go out with the wash. Literally. When I evaluated our budget, a huge portion of it was going to laundry. Then as I continued to evaluate our monthly budget, I decided I was going to do something about it.
1. Make your own Laundry Detergents. We now use our own homemade laundry detergent, homemade fabric softener and homemade “Shout!”. We’re saving about $40 a month. Making our own laundry detergent and side-kicks gives me quality time with the kids. We control what goes into our environment and clothing and our clothes haven’t been so clean!
2. Utilize ceiling fans. A typical ceiling fan uses 60 watts of energy, even on high, while a typical central air conditioning unit uses 3,500 watts of energy, when running. The savings here is easy, consider running your ceiling fan all day and decrease your home air conditioner or furnace use by just thirty minutes a day and save significantly!
Maximize the savings by having your ceiling fans do most of the work. Try decreasing your thermostat by just four degrees and trying these ceiling fan tips:
Run the fan on high in one direction (usually counterclockwise) in the summer. Run your ceiling fans on high with the air blowing directly down, below the fan. It will create air movement in the rooms center and give the room a “breeze” effect.
Run the fan on low in the other direction (usually clockwise) on low in the winter. Reverse the blades in the winter months and they will pull air up from the center of the room and push it down near the edges of the room. This will give the room a steady temperature.
3. Switch from regular lightbulbs to Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs (CFL). Replacing just one regular light bulb with an approved compact fluorescent light bulb can save almost $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. Upgrading 15 of the inefficient incandescent lightbulbs in your home could save you about $50 per year! We are now in the process of upgrading the CFLs to the LEDs in our home to save us even more.
4. Install a Smart Thermostat. According to the Department of Energy, consumers can knock as much as 1 percent off their heating bill for every degree they turn back the thermostat when they’re not at home for eight hours at a stretch. A smart thermostat can be programmed to shut off after you leave the house in the morning and kick back on just in enough tie to make the house toasty warm or casual cool by the time you get home. Make sure you have a strong Wi-fi signal from your smart thermostat and smart devices. Because you can remotely control your smart thermostat via the internet, periodically check the signal strength in the network settings on the thermostat’s control screen.
Direct Energy, is committed to helping their customers build a smarter home, and thus cut down on their energy usage – saving the customer time and money. Currently they’re offering the opportunity for anyone to learn more about creating a smarter home by visiting their Direct Energy Facebook page.
With the US plan you get a competitively priced fixed energy charge, up to three FREE Honeywell Smart Thermostats, plus a smartphone app that allows you to control your thermostat anytime, anywhere. Learn more here.