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Energy Saving Tips - Practical Home Conservation Ideas

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By : Wes Hamilton    99 or more times read
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Consider these 6 no cost home energy saving tips and conservation ideas for your kitchen. I think we all can agree that the kitchen is one of the most visited rooms through out any home. Whether it's the task of preparing food, grabbing a quick snack or the inviting smells from a delicious dish or roast; the kitchen is unavoidable.

There's no wonder most of the activities performed in the kitchen are also some of the biggest sources of household energy. Wow just thinking about the kitchen is working my appetite, here are 6 cost free energy saving tips and conservation ideas for your kitchen.

1: Check your refrigerators temperature settings. The recommended temperature setting for fresh foods is about 38 degrees and for frozen foods it's about 0 degrees.

2: Check the door latch and seals on your refrigerator. If the latch needs adjusting then grab a wrench and get to work. Replacing old adhesive seals will also provide the original air tight fit and seal.

3: Don't forget to defrost your freezer. Frost build up is not only unsightly, it's inefficient. Don't allow the freezers frost to build up more than one quarter of an inch.

4: Use a microwave or a pressure cooker or an electric plug in grill when possible. A conventional oven uses considerably more natural gas or electricity than electric grills, pressure cooker and microwaves.

5: Turn off the oven about 5 to 10 minutes before the recommended cooking time. If the temperature setting is 325 degrees or even higher, the left over heat will be sufficient enough to last the remainder 5 to 10 minutes and finish off your roast. I'm getting hungry again.

6: Periodically clean your oven range tops and reflectors. This ensures that the range heat will be reflected more effectively and efficiently.

Additional Ideas:
Consider these home energy saving tips and conservation ideas and lower your lighting costs and save electricity. According to the U.S department of Energy, the electricity used just for home lighting on average accounts for over 10 percent of the total household energy used. With a combination of proper techniques and new lighting technologies, any homeowner can make significant improvements and increase the energy efficiency of their indoor home lighting.

The most cost efficient way to reduce the amount of electricity used to light your home is to simply increase and maximize the amount of natural light that enters your home. The new age of home construction and interior design is maximizing natural lighting by placing heavy focus on spacious living spaces coupled with the right furnishing and the right window treatments.

With that said, you don't have to take on an expensive remodel or hire a professional interior designer to get started. Maximizing natural light coupled with new energy efficient lighting will significantly reduce the cost of lighting in any home. Here are some home energy saving tips and conservation ideas that are sure to reduce your home lighting costs.

Energy Saving Tips And Conservation Ideas For Home Lighting

First and foremost, keep your windows as clean and clear as possible. Just cleaning your windows can improve transparency by as much as 20 percent.

When decorating a room, take into consideration the direction of the room. South and west facing rooms receive plenty of natural light. So if you're decorative taste calls for darker colored window treatments, paints and furnishings, consider these rooms first. Use lighter and more transparent colors in east and north facing rooms to further maximize on the limited amount of natural light these rooms receive.

In general avoid using dark and heavy curtains and drapes. Instead consider energy saving window treatments such as cellular or honeycomb shades. These treatments actually reduce costly heat loss and heat gain better and there considerably more transparent than dark curtains and drapes.

Switch to energy star certified CFL light bulbs. Start with the most used light fixtures through out the house. Bedroom lamps and living room lamps generally make good choices.

CFL light bulbs are not all the same. They come in different shapes and sizes, some types are designed for certain type of light fixtures. Knowing these differences will maximize the energy efficiency of your home lighting.

CFL light bulbs are efficient because there designed to use considerably less electricity (measured in watts) to produce the same amount of light (measured in lumens). When making the switch to energy star light bulbs this must be considered. For example, replace a 60 watt traditional bulb with about a 13 watt CFL bulb.

Combining energy efficient light bulbs with increased natural lighting is the most effective approach to reducing home lighting costs. To further improve efficiency, consider other home energy saving tips and conservation ideas.
Author Resource:- The author is the owner of an established plumbing business. He writes articles on consumer information / protection , business in general and home improvement.
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