A typical home does have in it a lot of devices that always require energy, and this can add substantially to utility bills. A wise homeowner is one who is constantly looking to reduce consumption of energy and also help out the environment by reducing the need for the use of energy. Heating and cooling equipment is often a major consumer of energy, and we can help to reduce this by using some common sense. Set the thermostats to levels that are comfortable and which does not need you to juggle constantly them around.
It can save energy if you set thermostats to comfortable temperatures and use sweaters or an extra blanket to keep warm. You will also conserve energy if you ensure that your equipment is properly maintained and its filters and other parts regularly cleaned and oiled. Insulation is another aspect that can help you to conserve the energy that you have used for heating and cooling, and this can reduce the energy needs for the operation of equipment. Look at R values that are suitable for your geographical area and the temperature variations that you have. Use the right R values and this can lead to energy savings. Technological innovations like spray foam enable you to increase the R-value of the walls and roof in your home substantially.
It also significantly reduces gaps that are quite prevalent in insulation that uses boards or blankets and batts. While you are looking at insulation, it can also be worth your while to examine the seals on your doors and windows, as if these are not sufficient you can lose heat or allow heat to come into a room through any gaps. Check for drafts and make sure that these are all blocked off. Double glazing of windows is another way to ensure energy savings. In these windows, two panes of glass are used that have an air gap between them. It is this air gap that helps to create better insulation while also adding to the soundproofing of rooms.
You can use double glazed windows as window replacements or retrofit existing windows by setting up an additional pane of glass that creates the required air gap. Grants and loans are easily available for such modifications and replacements. Lighting is another need that does require a fair bit of energy, and you can reduce your need for light by allowing for sufficient daylight through windows during the day. The night requirement of power can be reduced by using lamps and fittings that are more energy efficient like CFL or LED. Review your need for lights and put in the wattage that you need for any desired activity.
Make it a point to switch off lights in rooms or areas that are not being used. Appliances in a home can also have their demands on energy, and you must ensure that all the appliances you have are the most energy efficient. Make it a point to switch off devices that are not in use, and use a remote control, as the energy consumed is almost the same as if the appliance is in use. All these are common sense usage of energy, and a little effort can go a long way into helping you to reduce the consumption of this utility while also making it kinder on your pocket.