We’ve scoured the Internet to find the best money-saving energy hacks around. Check out these simple solutions for saving energy in your home.
- Put a soda bottle in your toilet tank
When it comes to water savings, you might not think about your toilet, but you can easily hack your commode so it uses less water. We love this tip from Happy Simple Living: Place a 2 liter soda bottle in your toilet tank to save water with every flush. Clean the soda bottle and remove any labels, fill it with water and drop in a few rocks or marbles to anchor it down in the tank. According to the site, a family of four could save 3,000 gallons of water every year by using this simple trick.
- De-wrinkle your shirt in the shower
There’s never a need to waste energy on an iron when you use this cool hack from StyleCaster. If you have a wrinkly shirt or dress, hang it up in your bathroom when you take a shower. The steam will help straighten out an unkempt garment in about 10 minutes. You’ll want to get it as close to the steam as possible, without actually getting it wet. Also, keep the bathroom door shut so the steam stays in the room.
- Use a towel for weather stripping
We found this hack by The Art of Manliness that’s perfect for apartment dwellers. If you can’t make any changes to your apartment, you can use a rolled up towel as weather stripping. Press rolled up towels around leaky windows or doors to prevent a draft in the winter and keep your warm air inside.
- Stop phantom energy with a power strip
Electronics, such as game consoles, still use power when they’re in standby mode. These secret energy wasters can account for up to 10 percent of all power consumption in the United States. Together We Save offers this simple—but genius—trick for stopping phantom energy. Just plug your devices into a power strip. You can turn the whole thing off when you’re not using your devices. That way you don’t have to unplug each one and can maximize your energy savings. If you’re willing to spend a little money, opt for a smart power strip, which can automatically shut off power to an unused device.
- Plant trees to keep your home cool
There’s an environmental and aesthetic benefit to planting trees in your yard, but did you know it could also save you money? According to Organic Gardening, planting trees on the south or southwestern side of your home can help cut your energy bill—by as much as 25 percent! The trees shade your home from the sun’s beaming rays, so you’ll have less heat in your home and your air conditioner can work less.
- Run your ceiling fan clockwise in the winter
Ceiling fans aren’t just for summer. Use the device in the winter to keep your home toasty. Mom 4 Real offers this easy hack: Switch the direction of your ceiling fan in the winter to push warm air down. You’ll need to use your heater less and save a bundle on energy costs. In the summertime, however, make sure the fan is rotating counterclockwise. This creates a draft that can keep you cool.
- Pitch ceiling fan blades at 12 degrees
If you want to save on cooling costs, try this tip from CeilingFan.com to ensure you’re getting the most out of your ceiling fan. Make sure your ceiling fan blades are pitched 12 degrees to maximize your airflow and keep your home cool. Anything more will make the fan motor work harder. Anything less will reduce airflow.
- Wash clothes in cold water
According to Mother Earth News. The site recommends washing all of your clothes in cold water. With a cold water detergent, it can be just as effective as washing your clothes in hot water and it will save you a ton on water heating costs. The site estimates cold water washing will only cost $0.03 per load.