Who doesn’t want to reduce their monthly bills? More and more Kingston home owners are beginning to think about finding ways to lower their bills and ways to go green as well. All you really need to do in order for you to save on energy and make a significant difference to your next bill is make a few small changes.Plus when having a custom home built in Kingston it is important to factor in some energy saving materials and designs to ensure that your custom built home is energy efficient.

Here are some examples of simple practices you can do to reduce your energy consumption and save money:

Cooling & Heating

  • Lessen the use of cooling and heating devices: Keeping doors closed in rooms not being used can decrease the need to cool or heat in certain areas. Reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain a certain temperature by keeping curtains and outside window shades closed as well. Instead of heating your room you can probably just add another blanket to your bed for extra warmth or you can even use a hot water bottle.
  • Take care of your cooling & heating systems: Dirty air conditioners and coolers use more energy to run, so try keeping them clean and when you’re not at home take off your cooling or heating.

The Kitchen

  • Microwave: If you cook or warm frozen food in the microwave, let it thaw out first so you can reduce the amount of time it takes. Microwaves tend to use less energy than ovens but remember to keep oven doors closed as much as possible when using them.
  • Stovetop: Food will cook faster and the amount of energy used can be reduced by covering the lids on pots.
  • Boiling water: It’s actually better to use an electric kettle instead of the stove for boiling water.
  • Dishwasher: For washing dishes use the economy cycle daily and to save water only run it when it’s full.
  • Fridge & freezer: Between 4-5 degrees Celsius and between -15 to -18 degrees Celsius are the best temperatures to set your fridge and freezer at. To further save electricity, keep your fridge and freezers away from your stove or the sun, situate them in a cool, well-ventilated area.

Family Room

  • Switch off all appliances from the wall: All of your electronic devices like TVs, game consoles and computers are still using energy even when in standby mode. So once you’re not using them, switch them off at the base.
  • Use a power board: Power boards give you the ability to run current to multiple appliances all at once, allowing you to also turn them off using the same switch.
  • Use lamps or spotlights: If you don’t need much lighting for what you’re doing in a particular room, instead of using the main lights make use of lamps or spotlights.
  • Use energy-saving bulbs: Fluorescent lights are the best for saving energy, have them replace your other lights.
  • Control amount of lights on at a time: Lights should be off in all rooms not being used.

The Bathroom

  • Use water wisely: Try installing water saving shower heads to reduce water usage and try not to set hot water temperature too high.
  • Turn off appliances: Appliances like hairdryers and electric toothbrushes should be turned off when not in use.

The Laundry

  • Washing clothes: Wash only when you have a full load.
  • Drying clothes: When possible, use a clothesline instead of the dryer. If you have to use a dryer use it only with a full load and be sure all clothes are wrung out first because you should never put dripping wet clothes in the dryer.

Outside

  • Use timers & sensors: Light the outside areas of your home using programmable timers and sensors.
  • Use solar power: You can also consider solar lights for outdoor areas like the garden.
  • Separate lighting: Choose which areas you want to light by separating your lighting.