Energy costs money so reducing energy usage has a positive effect on the household budget.
There are plenty of ways to adjust energy consumption habits throughout the home. Several of these focus on the bedroom, where we spend the majority of our time sleeping.
Learning how to conserve energy in the bedroom all year round helps us save money regardless of the season.
Be a smart energy user while you are getting some rest!
Year-Round Energy Reduction Tips
Turn off all lights in the bedroom (and throughout the house) before going to bed. If it is necessary to leave a light on in the bedroom at night, select an energy-saving low wattage night light. Instead of charging the cell phone while you sleep, charge it during the early evening so it will be fully charged before bedtime. Most cell phones require only a few hours to charge so letting a phone charge overnight wastes energy.
Reducing Energy Consumption During Cold Weather
When weather turns cold, we rely on home heating to keep us comfortable. However, we should turn down the heat just before going to bed. As we prepare to retire, the house will remain warm. After getting into bed, extra blankets can be used to maintain a comfortable temperature. Adjust the duvet tog with the weather, using a high tog during winter, and wear socks to keep feet warm. Instead of an energy-consuming electric blanket, warm the bed with a hot water bottle.
Turning the heat up after waking warms the house while occupants prepare for work or school. About 30 minutes prior to departing, turn the heat back down to reduce energy use when no one is home. Before dusk, draw curtains throughout the house to keep heat indoors at night. To prevent heat from escaping the bedroom overnight, use draught excluders on the bedroom door.
Kids Play A Part In Reducing Bedroom Energy Usage
Children can help reduce energy consumption in their bedrooms by drawing their curtains to keep out draughts and retain heat. They should keep their bedroom doors closed to trap heat inside these rooms. Kids love to have video and gaming equipment in their rooms but they should use it responsibly and turn it off at the socket when not in use. Make it easy for children to reach this switch and train them to use it regularly.
If children ask for a new computer, purchase a laptop instead of a desktop. The latest model laptops consume approximately 85 percent less energy than new desktops. They also consume less room, an important factor in the small rooms that many children have. Encourage children to turn off the computer when they are not using it. Review what is plugged into the extension sockets in the room to ensure that an item is not being powered when it is not in use.
Adults Set The Example
Children learn good and bad habits from adults. Many adults have televisions in their bedrooms and tend to keep these on standby. Discarding the television remote control reduces this practice and discourages excessive television-watching that consumes energy. Parents should set the example of limiting television watching and going to bed early to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Though these are the main ways to reduce energy use in the bedroom, there are many more. Take this practice as far as necessary to keep energy expenses affordable. However, never compromise the safety of the home or its occupants in the process. Conserving energy while enjoying a safe and comfortable lifestyle is the best approach. Energy bills will be lower without the family having to make excessive sacrifices.