Guest Post By:Kay Elizabeth Carter
There are plenty of things you can do around your home to save more energy, but did you know there are specific areas in your bedroom you can address to help save energy as you sleep? Here are five ways to be more energy efficient while sleeping.
- Use a ceiling fan
Instead of lowering your bedroom temperature to 68 degrees, turn on your ceiling fan. They’re twice as efficient as your air conditioning and cost about half as much to run. When it’s cool outside, open your windows and sleep with them open. You can even set your ceiling fan to run clockwise to pull hot air down from above.
- Make sure your windows are shut
Open windows are one of the biggest energy leaks in a home. Before going to bed, make sure all of the windows in your home are shut and inspect them for any holes or gaps. These openings make it harder for your air conditioner to do its job efficiently, causing your bill to be higher.
- Unplug devices before you fall asleep
One way to save energy is to make sure all devices are unplugged before bedtime. If you have a computer in your room, unplug or put it on sleep mode. Additionally, instead of charging your phone overnight, charge it a few hours before bed (most phones only need a few hours to charge, anyways) and unplug your charger. You don’t want to be wasting valuable energy all night long.
- Maintain your air filter
It’s recommended that you change your air filter once every three months. If you wait longer than this, or don’t change your air filter at all, you air conditioner can work harder to provide clean air to your home. According to House Method, dirt and dust buildup can reduce the efficiency of your system and make sleep less comfortable for you with dust mites and allergens circulating in your bedroom.
- Replace lights with ENERGY STAR Certified products
Lighting is one of the easiest things to address when trying to save energy. Replace the light bulbs in your room (think: your bedside table lamp, your ceiling fan lights, and any other lights) with LEDs or ENERGY STAR Certified lights. These lights can save you $70 a year in energy costs.
- Remember to caulk any holes or gaps you find
In the colder months, you can caulk and weatherstrip around windows and doors to prevent air from leaking. With the proper insulation installed, and all holes and gaps covered up, you’ll be able to cut drafts and improve your indoor comfort.