Hot weather and long, relaxing days are coming to an end… it’s Back-to-School! Your kids might not be ready to go back into routine and good habits, but this can mean serious energy saving opportunities for your home.
Summer is almost over and fall is all about changes. Weather changes, schedule changes, time changes… so what better time to start adjusting your energy habits? Kick off the school year with a fresh start using these energy-efficient tips.
- Buy ENERGY STAR certified products.
Buy an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat to save at least 8% on space heating and cooling. When the kids head off to school, raise the temperate by 2 degrees. Set it to start cooling a half hour before everyone come homes to stay comfortable. Best part about a smart thermostat? You can manage it remotely all through a mobile device from wherever you are!
- Upgrade to a smart thermostat.
Sending your kids off to college or university? Take advantage of end-of-summer sales and look for the little blue logo when shopping for new appliances and electronics. Make sure your kids are fully equipped with ENERGY STAR certified laptops, tablets, printers and mini-fridges to help them use less energy and save on their utility bills. The last thing they want to be stressing about when studying, is money!
- Use your fridge wisely.
Preparing lunch for the kids can be time consuming and take a lot of energy, literally. Decide what you’ll be making first, then take out all of the food you need to prep, and then close the fridge door. Keeping the door open or constantly opening and closing it forces your fridge to work harder.
- Unplug! .
Chances are your kids will be texting their friends to talk about all the new faces, and old ones that have changed over the summer break, so once their phones are fully charged, remind them to unplug it from the wall to avoid standby power use. Or, you can buy a smart power bar, plug all electronic devices in and turn it off to save energy. Standby power use can account for 5-10% of your energy bill, so every little act counts!