There are so many ways to reduce your household’s daily energy use.

Some are simple behavioral changes while others require extensive home improvements and upgrades.

Many of us are renting or simply cannot afford to make extensive energy efficient upgrades to our homes.

But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still ways to save money and reduce energy being used, and you can start today!

Here are 4 Easy Energy Saving Tips for Your Home:

Turn off lights and appliances you aren’t using

Often times we rush out the door in the morning and forget to turn lights and appliances off.

Take an extra five minutes each morning to make sure all of your lights are turned off.

Also, any appliances that are not in use should be turned off or unplugged.

If you find that you don’t use your microwave often, keep it unplugged until you need it.

Turn your computer off when not in use.

Take a few moments to walk through your home.

Check all appliances and ask yourself if they really need to be on all the time.

And again, don’t leave lights on if they are not needed.

If your computer or other appliances need to be on, you can install energy efficient power chords or surge protectors found at Home Depot.

Blackout Curtains

Heating and cooling costs constitute nearly half of an average home’s utility bills, so these reductions in the intensity and frequency of heating and cooling offer the greatest savings.

You will be surprised how much of a difference blackout curtains will make to energy saving in your home.

In the winter months, they keep the cold air out, helping keep the heat in and your heater working less hard to keep everything warm.

In the hot summer months, keeping them closed helps keep the heat out and the cool in, so your AC unit is working less hard to cool the space.

Although this requires an initial investment because you need to actually buy and install the blackout curtains, there are some really affordable options out there.

Style Within Reach has a huge roundup of blackout curtain options.

Use Cold Water

A constantly running water heater is a huge energy cost in most homes.

We use hot water when we shower, wash our hands, run the dishwasher, and wash our clothes.

If you can wash your clothes with cold water and wash your dishes with cold water, you will be saving a lot of energy used when heating water throughout the day.

Air Dry

Just like hot water, heat drying things uses a lot of energy.

Try hang drying your clothes rather than running them in the dryer.

Not only does this save energy, but it is more gentle on your clothes too!

When doing dishes, see if your dishwasher has an air dry setting.

This means that it will wash the dishes but not dry them using heat, the dishes just dry on their own.

Amazon.com has so many affordable air drying clothing racks to choose from if you need a place to dry your clothing.

Conclusion

Other things that can be done are weathering your home, updating your water heater and HVAC system, insulating your home, replacing light bulbs for energy efficient ones, purchase energy eficient appliances and windows, etc.

However, realistically not all of us can afford to do the items mentioned above.

Saving energy doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t’ have to be expensive setup or upgrade to what you already have in your home.!

As you can see from this article, there are simple steps you can start taking today without much needed effort or setup, and at almost no cost to you.

If you have any other simple every day energy saving tips, we’d love to hear from you!

Please leave them in the comments section below.