7 Ways to Save Energy at Home and #DoYourThing

By Shannon Gurnee
In Home
May 15, 2017

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Recycling, carpooling, community cleanup, saving water – these are all ways we strive to help the environment and our community, but do we really think about how we can help by saving energy? I remember growing up in California and being encouraged by my parents to “turn the lights off.” I never really thought about why I would do that, but just did it. Now that I’m a grownup, I understand it better.

First off, it cuts down on your Electric bill –  a huge savings in your monthly budget! Secondly, it helps the environment. So now that we have the intention to save money and help the environment, where do we go from there? Energy Upgrade California encourages us all to make small changes, which will result in big things!

7 Ways to Save Energy at Home

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1 – Turn the lights off. I can’t tell you how many times as a parent I have to remind our kids (and yes, even myself) to turn the lights off. This mainly applies if you aren’t using the room the lights are in or you leave the house. I typically have 1 or 2 lights on, but definitely not all of the lights.

2 – Open the doors and windows. We live on the Central Coast and are lucky enough to enjoy beautiful weather throughout the year. In fact, we don’t even have an air conditioner. If you are able to, try to open the windows and doors (screens help keep bugs and animals out) instead of turning on the air conditioner. If you live somewhere that requires the use of an air conditioner, be sure to keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature and turn it down when you’re not home.

3 – Take advantage of full loads. In our home, I wait to wash and dry clothes or wash dishes until the loads are full. This is a really great way to save energy and money!

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4 – Use cold water. When possible, use cold water in your washer loads. This can save a good amount of energy!

5 – Upgrade to LED lights throughout your home. I wanna say it was a few years ago and upgrading to LED lights became a thing. It really does help save energy and money by doing so. If you haven’t done so yet, I encourage you to upgrade your light bulbs to LED.

6 – Upgrade your appliances. These days, there are so many appliances available out there that are energy efficient. This can cut down big time on your electric bill because they don’t use as much energy as the old school ones did. Afterwards, appliances like ac units need to be regularly serviced by an air conditioning services contractor to maintain their energy-efficiency. You might not always know if you’re due for regular maintenance, and how much time or use you should let go by before requesting it again. Ask your air conditioning service that question and see what they think, as the condition and age of your unit will be a factor to consider. If you are strongly considering replacing your old ac units, make sure to get an energy-efficient ac installation.

7 – Get everyone on board. As a parent, it’s important to get your family on board to save energy in your home. Not only is it better for the environment, but it can leave your family with more spending money to do things together! Don’t just tell your kids to turn off the lights, but explain to them why it’s important to do so.

Get on Board and #DoYourThing to Save Energy

We all have the power to make a difference, so let’s start by saving energy. You can make a difference, even if it means starting by doing one simple thing.

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What do you do to help conserve energy in your home?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

66 Responses to “7 Ways to Save Energy at Home and #DoYourThing”

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I make sure to keep any lights off that don’t need to be on.

  2. mami2jcn says:

    I use cold water to wash clothes.

  3. Janet W. says:

    Turning off the lights is definitely a habit of mine that I’ve been trying to teach my grandsons!

  4. Cynthia R says:

    We used to have doors closed, now we keep doors (bedroom, bathroom) open, the better air flow is better for your AC unit and it has driven our electric costs down.

  5. Joy says:

    When it cools down at night we open the windows to cool the house down instead of putting on the AC helping to save on energy.

  6. Elena says:

    These are great tips. I am trying to save energy at home.

  7. During summer time we use the fan or find a way to cool ourselves down rather than using the ac.

  8. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I turn light off when not in yes and adjust the thermostat to save energy.

  9. shelly peterson says:

    I keep the lights off and unplug things not in use.

  10. Saving energy is a good thing.

  11. Bill Sweeney says:

    These are awesome tips. I already do all of these, and I do my best to get my family to do them, too. The lights. They’re terrible with the lights.

  12. Jeanette says:

    I tried every way to save money. When it is a little bit cooler out and make sure the air is off and the windows are open and we always turn the lights off.

  13. Ada says:

    Yes to all of these! We definitely need to be reminded of these things.

  14. Hmm, I don’t do laundry during peak hours and we only use cold water.
    Saves us a ton of money!
    Plus we unplug appliances when not in use too.

  15. Sarah says:

    Such great tips! Our electric bill is out of control with the state of California agreeing to a rate increase. Pretty soon my electric bill is going to be more than my rent (literally) so every little tip and trick to remember to conserve power helps.

  16. Jenn says:

    These are great tips. Too often do we need reminders of ways to save. My kids are always forgetting to turn off likes. I came remind them enough.

  17. Joely Smith says:

    Yup we do all of these things and it truly DOES lower the bill not to mention helps our planet! Great article!

  18. ricci says:

    These are all great tips to save energy!! I always turn lights off in my home and turn the air up if I leave!!

  19. Eloise says:

    this is so important! I always tell my little ones we as society have to take care of our earth so it can continue to take care of us. I love that Cali is doing what they can to spread this message to conserve energy… great post!

  20. Dogvills says:

    These are very important tips. I freak out whenever the kids leave the fan and lights on when they get out of their rooms.

  21. Victoria Heckstall says:

    This is a great tips. Actually, we also do this.

  22. Julie Wood says:

    I turn lights off when not in use, I use energy saving appliances, wash clothes and dishes with only a full load and take short showers and use a low flow shower head.

  23. Marcie W. says:

    These are all great ways to conserve energy and save on utility costs. We always make it a point to turn off and unplug electronic devices when not in use. That really adds up!

  24. rochelle haynes says:

    Turn off all the lights that we are not using

  25. rika says:

    Great tips. I always remind myself to unplug all small kitchen appliances after use. My kids always forget to turn off the lights.

  26. jenny says:

    I wished my parents followed this rule. For as long as I can remember, even living with them everyone always had the lights and TVs on. I go over to their house today and still the same thing happening. Now that they’re older and colder, they always have the heat on, even in the summer. lol crazy i tell ya.

  27. vickie couturier says:

    I hang my clothes out to dry

  28. Edye says:

    I save energy by always turning off lights when I’m not in the room.

  29. This will help save money and that is always a crowd pleaser. I will have to implement these tips.

  30. Cheryl says:

    We always make sure to turn the lights off.

  31. Barbara Montag says:

    I unplug a lot of things we do not use often.
    A good savings there.

  32. Mary Edwards says:

    We made it a point to turn off all lights/tvs at night for a month. The savings was really incredible and eyeopening

  33. Mimi Green says:

    You just made my day. A couple months ago we changed all of our lightings to LED. We have an energy efficient washer and dryer but we need to upgrade our kitchen appliances.

  34. keyanna b says:

    I save energy by turning off the lights and opening the blinds in the day time.

  35. carol clark says:

    well we turn off lights and open curtains during the day and we make sure there are no leaks windows doors ive put those things you put on under your switches and that made a difference

  36. Ronald Oliver says:

    I save by turning off the lights when not in use.

  37. Angela Saver says:

    I save by turning off the lights and taking advantage of full loads (in the washer and dishwasher).

  38. Michelle Donovan says:

    I am always making sure all electricity is off when not using it. Also, recently bought a few more fans and going to see how long we can hold off on the A/C this summer and keep fans going instead

  39. DealinDiva says:

    I save energy in the summer by cooking outdoors.

  40. DEBIJOT says:

    I use cold water when doing laundry.

  41. We are really good about keeping the lights off when not needed and minimizing hot water use as well.

  42. Deanna says:

    I make sure to turn off lights that are not being used and wait until the weekend to do the laundry when we have free electricity to help conserve energy in our home.

  43. heather says:

    We use cold water to wash clothes and we also use fan instead of the AC until it gets way too hot.

  44. Jilliann M says:

    We keep the thermostat up during the summer and make sure all lights and electronics not in use are turned off.

  45. Cynthia C says:

    I only wash full loads of clothes and dishes.

  46. Cynthia C says:

    I make sure lights are turned off when I leave a room.

  47. Kathy Pease says:

    I use cold water for washing clothes and try to line dry clothes when the weather is good

  48. Maureen says:

    I am constantly turning off lights where ever I go. I do this at my house and at the house of other family members. We also unplug big items so that even they do not use up power while not in use.

  49. Sandy Klocinski says:

    I am mindful about shutting lights off when I leave a room.

  50. Seyma Shabbir says:

    We are changing our lights in the house to motion sensor lights. We have changed a few and it helps. We also turn off electronics when not in use.

  51. Sarah L says:

    Cold water, lights off, windows open. I do my part.

  52. Jerry Marquardt says:

    Thank you so much for the tips and pointers on saving energy. I like to keep the lights down or off when I am not in the room or home, except for security.

  53. Richard Hicks says:

    Nice tips for sure. We save extra energy by turning off lights and lowering temp on water heater

  54. Christina Gould says:

    I save energy by unplugging appliances whenever possible. Thanks for posting!

  55. Amber says:

    I turned the air conditioning off in the evenings and open the windows instead!

  56. Trisha McKee says:

    We turn off lights when leaving the room. We also hang-dry clothes instead of using a dryer. I am proud to work for a company that promotes turning off lights when leaving rooms/offices as well.

  57. AEKZ2 says:

    I adjust the thermostat to save energy (and $).

  58. Amy Greenwood says:

    I have energy efficient light bulbs and we make sure to turn lights and appliances off as we leave rooms to save on energy.

  59. Jennifer Tilson says:

    We use a programmable thermostat to reduce energy used by our A/C unit.

  60. Janice Cooper says:

    I’m good about making sure lights are turned off and I use cold water in my wash.

  61. accontests6 says:

    Leaving my air set to a higher temp.

  62. Susan Smith says:

    In the Summer we turn off the air in the evenings and open up the windows and use our ceiling fans to keep cool.

  63. Breanna Pollard says:


  64. donna porter says:

    I save energy by using cold water to wash clothes.

  65. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I like to save energy by just turning the lights off when not in use.

  66. Cheney says:

    We are always making sure the lights are off, when not in the room. This is such an easy way to save so much!

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