One of our goals at Mapawatt is to be the online community for home energy conservation, efficiency, and clean energy production. Part of building that community involves individuals sharing their home energy habits in order to help others, learn from others, and start the discussion on how we all can be doing better when it comes to saving energy in homes.
I'll start, but please share your home energy habits and tips in the comments section!
My biggest energy saving methods in my home are mainly composed of three strategies:
- Lighting - Replaced 80% of our 60-Watt incandescent bulbs with CFLs. I also have an automatic light sensor in our kitchen that turns the lights off when we leave.
- Energy monitoring - I installed the TED 5000 in July of 2009 and was very happy when they teamed up with Google for the PowerMeter. It has really helped me get a better understanding of how I use energy, and really helped me see how much electricity my AC and dryer use!
- Heating/Cooling - Paid closer attention to thermostats, actually programmed them, and installed an Ecobee smart thermostat upstairs
There are also things I'd like to improve on like:
- Find CFL replacements for the 40-watt bulbs in our ceiling fan overhead lights
- Get drapes for our windows to block out the hot/cold and keep the cool/heat in
- Use programmable timers to cut power to our entertainment system so there is no vampire load
Longer term I'd like to:
- Look at putting a low-e coating on the windows at the front of my house (which faces South and thus gets hit with the most sun)
- See if I can install a small solar PV array on the roof of our townhome (and see if the HOA would allow this)
So enough about my home. What about you? What do you do well to save energy, what areas need improvement, and what are some of your plans for the future?