Let’s focus on the outdoors and how you can save energy. Learn simple things you can do in this post.
Most energy savings guides do a great job of showing you ways to save money in your home.
But few tell you how to save energy outside your home.
So let’s take a look at some ways to do that:
- Mow your lawn at a height of at least 3 inches. Longer grass blades hold moisture well, keep weeds out, and grow strong and deep roots.
- Sharpen your mower blades. If you cut with blades, your grass looks unhealthier to your eye, which makes it seem drier than it really is.
- Your lawn needs just 1 inch of water per week. Factor that in as you consider how much to water your lawn with your sprinkler system. To accurately determine how long this takes, place empty tuna cans in a few spots within your sprinkler system’s watering zones. Mark off an inch on the cans. Time how long it takes to give them roughly 1 inch of water.
- Have a lawn care professional install an irrigation system that works on a time so you don’t have to monitor all this. They also have automatic shutoff switches that turn them off during rainy weather.
- Use mulch where you want to grow plants. Like long grass, it keeps moisture in and weeds from growing.
- If you have outdoor lights and like to light up your yard, don’t worry about energy. You can get solar-powered LED lights that don’t cost you any money to use energy from the grid.
- Drive close to the speed limit to save gas. Of course, you have to factor in traffic flow too. Not only will you save gas, though, you’ll reduce the chances of causing or being in an accident too. Plus, you’ll usually only get to your destination just a few minutes later.
- Get in shape. Turn off the TV, computer, and videogames. Set your smartphone down. Those things are more fun, but they don’t give you happiness. And you can get happier by staying in shape, exercising, doing yard work, or interacting with family and neighbors. Plus, you’ll save electricity by not using those things as much – and gas and water too.
- If you have a pool, use a high-efficiency or solar heater. Use a pool cover to reduce the largest source of energy loss – evaporation (costs you 50-70% of the energy necessary to heat your pool). Keep your pool at about 80° to be both comfortable and energy-efficient!
There’s lots you can do to save energy outside this summer – so put those tips in place as soon as you can. You’ll be glad you did!