By: Jillian Pennington

7 Completely Free Energy Saving Tips

During extreme temperatures, it is important to conserve as much energy as possible to make up for the higher AC usage in the summer. It can also be expensive to invest in new energy saving technologies. Every step you take to save energy, no matter how small, can help you save money and reduce your home’s impact on the environment. 

Here are seven ways that you can make a difference in your home with no addition costs!

1. Lock your windows

Locking the window creates a stronger seal than if the window was closed and unlocked. This seal helps keep cool air in and warm air out. 

2. Make sure air vents are not obstructed

Obstructions include dusty or dirty vent filters as well as larger obstructions, like furniture. Take the time to clean out your vents and to make sure nothing is blocking them. This allows for more circulation throughout your house.  

3. Curtains are your friend!

Keep them closed during the day in order to block out sunlight and keep your home cooler.

4. Wash full loads of laundry with cold water

Heating water accounts for about 90% of the energy it takes to wash clothes. Using cold water and limiting the number of loads you do can dramatically reduce the energy usage of your washer. 

5. Give your dryer a break 

Air dry clothes whenever possible. If that’s not an option, make sure you are drying loads back to back so the dryer doesn’t have to reheat itself. Invest in some low cost dryer balls such as these in order to speed up drying time by 25%.

6. Make things easy for your fridge

Food can release a lot of heat in your fridge and then it has to work much harder to keep cold. Make sure your food is already room temperature before putting it in and keep it covered when you do. When uncovered food releases moisture, it makes it harder for your fridge to stay cold. 

7. Get the kids involved!

Play energy saving games with your kids in order to teach them the importance of conserving energy. The Griddy app makes it easy for everyone in the family to stay-in-the-know about the current price of electricity. If the price spikes, have the kids race to see who can turn off all the lights. To go a step further, you can even buy a Hue light to change colors when prices go high. That way everyone in the home will know when the price changes – and it’ll just be fun to have lights blink red or blue or green. Check out our IFTTT integrations for more ideas like this.

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