15 ways to reduce energy waste and decrease your utility bills

Mar 14, 2017

It is estimated that the United States wastes more than $300 billion of energy per year. This is an amazing fact that clearly allows you to understand the true scope of the massive amount of energy that is squandered in America.

It is also interesting to note that the entire amount of power wasted in the BP oil spill of 2010 is equal to the amount of energy wasted in 75,000 average U.S. homes every year. Everybody in the world is paying the price for all of this irresponsibility.

However, you don’t have to pay quite so much of this price when you do what is right and lower the amount of power used in your home annually. Less energy used means that less pollution is created, and the world is a more beautiful place as a result.

You can begin to use less power by changing your lifestyle, and you can also save energy by purchasing eco-friendly products that don’t consume as much electricity.

By helping to make the world a cleaner and greener place, you also save some green on your bills. This creates a win-win situation where your pocketbook and the planet are both aided when you make the right decisions and reduce your own personal rates of power consumption.

Check out the infographic by 99SmartHomes on 15 effective ways to reduce your utility bill and reducing the energy wastage in your home.

Top 15 ways to reduce energy waste

  1. Replace incandescent bulbs with LED indoor lamps: LED lights use a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulb – Save up to $40/month
  2. Use a Programmable Thermostat: Can be controlled using your phone and will auto adjust the temperature based on whether the space is occupied or not – Save up to $180/year
  3. Change Air Filters on Time: Clean air filters can save you a lot of money on your heating/cooling bill if changed regularly – Save up to $40/year
  4. Auto Turn-Off Charging Stations: Chargers, like for your phone or laptop, can suck up to 8% of a home’s total power when they aren’t being used and are plugged in. Smart charging stations automatically turn off when a device is done charging – Save up to $180/year
  5. Install Dual Flush Toilets: These toilets reduce your water usage by only using water as you need it – Save up to $100/year
  6. Get a Shower Head with a Drip Feature: These shower heads drip instead of running continuously while you’re lathering up with soap – Save up to $40/year
  7. Use Light Dimmers: By only using as much brightness as you need, you don’t waste energy – Save $15 for every $100 spent on energy
  8. Set Laptops and Desktops to Auto Shut Off: Use the “auto shut off” feature on your computer to turn it off when it is not being used – Save $30/year
  9. Install Smart Blinds: cellular and honeycomb blinds can help reduce heat loss and gain – Save 10-15% on energy/year
  10. Use Your Ceiling Fan: In cooler months run the fan clockwise to push warm air down from the ceiling – Saves 10% of HVAC load
  11. Use Smart Power Strips: Connect multiple appliances to a smart power strip that can be turned off at night when they aren’t being used, so you don’t have to unplug them all individually – Save $30/year
  12. Don’t Use Irrigation Schedules: Running your system manually can eliminate a lot of water waste – Save up to $10/month
  13. Use Motion Sensor Outdoor Lights: Instead of using bulbs that always remain on, use lights that only turn on if motion is sensed – Save up to $10/month
  14. Use Solar Power Outdoor Lights: These lights are charged using solar powers so you’ll reduce your carbon footprint – Save up to $30/year
  15. Use Dusk to Dawn LED Bulbs: These lights automatically turn off if you often forget to turn them off yourself – Save up to $10/month