Smart Energy Saving Tips for your Home – Summer and Winter

We love energy saving! It is good for the planet and helps you to save money. Right now in summer, whether you have an AC or not, you have a chance to make the heat a little bit more bearable without wasting lots of energy.

Modify your fan to give you a sea breeze- Better than an air conditioner is a nice and fresh sea breeze… To create your own, just fill a bowl or a pot with ice (or something equally cold, like an ice pack) and position it in front of a large fan, so that the air passes it and takes the cold straight to you.

Cool down your bed- Most of the suffering in summer happens at night in bed, when you can’t sleep. To solve this you can for example fill a plastic bottle with water and put in into the freezer – leave some air inside before freezing it, in order not to damage the bottle. Once it is frozen you take it into bed with you. Cover it with some cloth before you place it at your feet, or just use a hot water bottle. A trick that was used by the ancient Egyptians is to dampen the bed sheets. If you place a towel between your mattress and your sheets, you don’t damage your mattress. This will have a very strong effect and might help you to fall asleep.

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Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction In the summer; in the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise.

Change or clean your AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.

Block the sun from overheating your home. Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.

General tips:

Insulate your water heater. Water heating makes up about one fifth of the energy costs in your home,  and if you cover the tank with a jacket or a blanket. An estimation shows that you can reduce your water heating by almost 10%, and consequently your total bill by almost 2% with this simple trick.

Plug electronic devices into a power strip, then turn the strip off when not in use to save in energy costs. Because even when they’re turned off, home electronics in “standby” mode use energy to power features like clock displays.

Get rid of air leaks  because small cracks in your home can have a big effect on your energy bill. They will make you heat more in winter and will use more of your AC in summer time, heat cameras show that sometimes very dramatically. A quick fix is to simply caulk any leaks around doors, windows and the frame of your home.

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Picture: Air leak under door in thermography. Source: www.1939.me

In winter:

Heat your home with the sun’s help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.

Cover all bare floors. Carpeting or rugs add to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.

We love energy saving! What is your favorite tip? How do you save energy or increase comfort at home? And if you are an Engineer? Our next blog will consider Industrial Energy savings. What was your best project that helped you save most Energy?

 

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