I am all excited today, Bryan Gabriel took advantage of my invitation to send me more energy saving tips to add to my list. Thank you Bryan. Now that Bryan has broken the ice ( so to speak ) maybe you would like to add an energy saving tip or two. Just email your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will add them to the list.
Here are the 30 tips that Bryan sent me to add to the energy saving list. Since my original list contained tips numbered 1 through 75, this list will start at number 76. My original list is published on detectenergy.com, check out the original list and then add these to the end. If you would like to download the whole list of 106 tips, go to detectenergy.com and click on "Free Guides" that is on the menu bar. You will find the article saving title "106 to Saving Energy and Lower Power Bills" listed as a Free Download.
Adding Energy Saving Tips
76. If you need to run the faucet or shower before you get the hot water, save the water in a watering can and use the water for your indoor and outdoor plants.
77. At night close all the curtains and blinds to slow heat transfer.
78. Talk to your family about saving energy and these tips, Ask for their suggestions.
79. Try to charge your cell phone in the car while you are driving instead of using home electricity.
80. Make sure your bathroom fan has a damper in it so the exhaust duct is closed when not in use. Same for the clothes dryer exhaust duct.
81. When you are done drinking coffee in the morning, turn off the coffee maker manually before it turns itself off.
82. If you rinse or presoak dishes before washing, try and reuse the soapy water over and over. Pour the soapy water from the bowl into the cup and from the cup onto the plate.
83. If you rinse recyclable containers before placing them in the recycle container, try to reuse that water over and over. Pour the water from the first bottle into the second and so on.
84. Paint interior walls and ceiling white or light colors to reflect more light all around the room, perhaps one CFL will light the room instead of two.
85. Outside around your A/C compressor or heat pump, make sure there is nothing like plants ( or your yard stuff ) blocking the free flow of air through the coils. Allow three feet of clearance on all sides.
86. In warmer climates, if you replace your roofing, install roof ridge vents to improve your attic ventilation.
87. Turn off TV's, stereos, lights, etc., when not in a bedroom, such as when eating dinner in the kitchen.
88. Use a "smart" power strip with a control outlet and dependant outlets to control computers and peripherals. Stop vampire energy use.
89. Get a solar water heater for our pool or spa (really affordable and cost effective ).
90. Air seal attic top plates where every penetration exists (framing joints, electrical/TV/telephone wiring, water pipes). Use expanding foam spray.
91. Remove the heating registers and seal with caulk any gap between the metal register boot and the drywall or floor.
92. Inspect the exterior of your houses for cracks that could allow air (and insects, yikes!) to enter your home. Seal with caulk, expanding foam, or other appropriate measures.
93. Many bonus rooms are built over garages. Make sure there is insulation in the bonus room floor (garage ceiling).
94. Sometimes, laundry or utility rooms are added on after original construction, or converted from other spaces. Make sure these rooms are insulated or use weatherstripping to air seal the doors..
95. Check weatherstripping on decorative storm doors. It's nice to have the main door open for light, but not if the storm door leaks like a sieve.
96. Check seals and gaskets on oven doors, keep that heat in the oven.
97. Use a small toaster oven instead of the big oven. Yes, you can bake in them! Great for just a few cookies at a time.
98. Weatherstrip doors leading to attics and basements, or other unconditioned spaces.
99. On a day when you are alone at home, turn off all water faucets, showers, etc. and look at your water meter. If the small dial or needle is moving, you have a water leak to find and repair.
100. If you need a small nightlight (like in a bathroom or child's room) use an LED light that uses 0.5 Watts instead of the older incandescent ones that are about 4 Watts.
101. If your child is watching too much TV, turn it off and have ask them about their day.
102. If you have hardwood floors that feel cold against bare feet, put down a throw rug.
103. If your furnace and blower fan are located in a hall closet, make sure the access door is air sealed with weather stripping. Also, make sure there is adequate ventilation for the unit to work properly. You may need to contact an licensed HVAC contractor.
104. Check your attic and/or crawl space for HVAC ducts that have come loose.
105. If you are replacing exterior siding, consider adding some more insulation. (blue foam is only about 3/4")
106. Consider installing a vestibule or mud room to help regulate air exchanges when entering and leaving your home. Plus, you get a bit more storage space.
Wow, 106 energy saving tips - I will see my power bill going down now for sure.
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Hope this list of home power saving tips keeps you on your way to being a great Energy Spy.
Please feel free to share additional power saving tips that have worked for you and your home. I will add them to the list. Email your tips to email@example.com, use the subject, “More Monster Saving Tips.”
Thank you sharing Bryan Gabriel, Bryan emailed me the energy saving tips from number 76 to 106. Do you have some energy saving tips you would like to add to the list?
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