The children are heading back to school. I am not sure who are more excited, the children or mom and dad. Each phase in life offers additional opportunities to save energy. Here are some Energy Saving Tips for Back to School.
Change the temperature. With the kids back at school, fewer people will be at home during the day, so consider adjusting the thermostat accordingly. When no one is home for a few hours, turn up the thermostat 4 degrees when using air conditioning. Better yet, use a programmable thermostat, which can help you save 10% or more on your cooling costs. Closing the blinds during the warmer fall days is another energy saving tip.
Kill those energy vampires. Plugged in electronics that quietly drain your energy, even when they’re not in use. Whenever practical, unplug equipment when it’s not in use, or use a power strip to turn off the trickle of electricity to your devices. Teach kids to take their cell phones off the charger and turn off the power strip feeding computers, printers and other devices when not in use.
Mind the fridge. When you’re making the kiddos’ lunches in the morning, take the food you need out of the refrigerator and then close the door. Keeping the door open while preparing meals forces your fridge to work harder to keep the temperature consistent.
Wasting water is also wasting energy! It takes energy for cities to deliver and remove water from your home. Plus, it takes a lot of energy to heat water in your home. Encourage kids to not let the water run while they’re brushing their teeth. Keep shower times reasonable and consider using an all-temperature laundry detergent so you never have to wash clothes in hot water.
Track your electricity usage from month to month. Sit down with the whole family and review your energy bills to better understand how and when your family uses electricity. Identify high-demand times and activities and discuss opportunities for saving energy.
Back-to-school season is a busy time for families, but reducing energy use and lowering your energy bill doesn’t have to add to the time demands. A few simple steps can make your home and your family more energy efficient.