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Live Smart: Energy Efficiency Tips to Make Your Home Smarter and Save You Money #DESmartHome

* Many thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s story and inspiring me to live a smarter and more eco-friendly lifestyle!
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Spring is here in Southern California and with that means families are Spring Cleaning and thinking of ways to make their home a more efficient place.

I know I am! We just moved a month ago and I am slowly organizing everything. I have a lot of plastic containers that I have just thrown stuff into and it’s time to get everything organized and labeled properly.

By organizing my life I will be able to really see what my family truly needs, and what we can get rid of. A few other things I am doing around the house to make the home more efficient is switching all of our light bulbs to energy saving ones.

Energy saving light bulbs are probably the easiest way for people to save money. I have a few others that help my family save, and of course help our environment:

  • Cloth Diapers – We line dry our diapers. I choose to cloth diaper because I didn’t want to spend a ton of money every month on disposable diapers that are full of chemicals. By line drying them I am saving money from using the electricity of the dryer. Plus a baby in cloth looks so stinking cute!

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  • Reusable Shopping Bags – Some counties now are banning the use of plastic shopping bags, and you get charged extra at the cash register. Well why not just take your own?

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  • Set your thermostat at a lower temperature – Yes this one might be a hard one but remember you can always add layers. We have actually been able to turn off our heater this past week, except wee did turn it on this weekend. But I have found I can leave it around 62 degrees and it stays quite nice inside.
  • Using dishwashers and washer/dryers at night will keep the house cooler, reduce strain on the power grid during the peak usage hours of 4 PM and 6 PM and reduce the chance of an emergency!”

Direct Energy has some great tips as well, you can also learn about Direct Energy Meridian Savings Plan. With this plan you get a competitively priced fixed energy charge, up to three Honeywell Smart Thermostats at no additional cost, plus a smartphone app that allows you to control your thermostat anytime, anywhere.

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* Many thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s story and inspiring me to live a smarter and more eco-friendly lifestyle!

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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 5 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in Texas.

45 Responses to “Live Smart: Energy Efficiency Tips to Make Your Home Smarter and Save You Money #DESmartHome”

  1. I really need to start remembering my reusable shopping bags more!

  2. rebecca norton says:

    we have our house always cold its set to 58 so we never have the heater on we will just use the fire place.

  3. Danielle H says:

    Great tips. I always turn on our dishwasher before going to bed…. mainly because that whooshing sound lulls me to sleep, haha. But it’s great to know it also saves energy/money!

  4. kristin says:

    I should be using my own bags but I do think we do a lot to reduce our waste. I’d like to do better though!

  5. I always forget my reusable bags in the car~~~ oops! We always have the air conditioning on in Orange County – I guess opening up the windows will help on costs 😉

  6. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I tried setting my thermostat lower, but got too cold and always ended up turning it up. So I just went back to keeping it at 68.

  7. Elena says:

    I use energy efficient light bulbs and recycle as much as I can

  8. We recycle more than we throw away. That always feel good about that. But our light $ saving is not energy efficient.

  9. Shauna says:

    Great tips… we try to set the thermometer to run at higher temps while we are out to save energy

  10. Pam says:

    We shop at Aldi a lot so we own several reusable grocery bags! They’re great for toting other things around too.

  11. I have a million reusable bags that I never remember to keep in the car! Going to do that right now, thank you!

  12. Debbie Denny says:

    Great tips and advice. I am using more of my own bags nowadays.

  13. Great tips. We are slowly switching out all of our bulbs and replacing them with LED bulbs to help us save a bit on lighting.

  14. Brett says:

    I always turn the dishwasher on after 11pm!!

  15. amy says:

    I am so bad at remembering to bring my resueable bags with me when I go shopping. I should really learn to leave them in the car

  16. Dawn Lopez says:

    Thanks for the great tips, every little bit counts and these are some wonderful ideas!

  17. Lisa Jones says:

    Such Great Tips & A Beautiful Baby I Do At Least Use Recyclable Bags I Try!

  18. Christy says:

    This is such a great reminder for me to embrace using reusable items!

  19. Deanna Ritz says:

    These are so me great tips. I especially like the one of doing your laundry at night to save on electricity. Good idea. 🙂

  20. Cynthia L says:

    What great tips. I dry most of my clothing outside or on a rack inside.

  21. Trisha says:

    I miss cloth diapering but my daughter is almost fully potty trained. I love those reusable shopping bags, You can never have too many!

  22. Liz Mays says:

    I’m taking your advice and using the dishwasher at night from now on. But I am good about turning the temperature way down at night. I like it cold when I sleep.

  23. We always run the dishwasher at night. It makes a difference!

  24. AMY E says:

    WHEN USING THE APPLIANCES AT NIGHT IS THIS BETTER TO DO IN SUMMER AS OPPOSED TO WINTER? OR DOES IT MATTER. THANKS FOR THIS TIP BECAUSE I NEVER KNEW THIS ONE.

  25. We don’t use the dishwasher as much in the summer months. We wash the dishes by hand. It really does make a difference. We also dry some of our clothes outside on the clothes line, just so we can have the smell of summer in them.

  26. great tips, we do them all ourselves. I need to be more consistent with cloth diapers though – washing laundry for 5 kids + cloth diapers got to be too much.

  27. Aly Mashrah says:

    Line drying cloth diapers is so energy efficient, I love it. These are all great tips!

  28. Mommy2Jam says:

    I really love the idea of layering and keeping the thermostat down. I say this as my house is like 77. I get so cold and I even layer my outfits too!

  29. Danielle says:

    Well done! We try to be as eco-friendly as possible. I actually run the dishwasher just once a week… but I need to remember to use my cloth bags more!

  30. Nancy says:

    If you keep your reusable shopping bags in the car, you will always have them when you shop.

  31. Janet W. says:

    Wow, I haven’t heard of some counties charging extra for using plastic bags. I try to use Reusable Shopping Bags whenever I can.

  32. Sandra VanHoey says:

    My sister stays pretty cold all the time so she keeps the thermostat up higher than need be but the energy bulbs we make sure to use now.

  33. alena svetelska says:

    such a helpfull post,we use reusable bags for our shopping trips..like the lowering thermost and bundle up;-)

  34. Betsy Barnes says:

    These are very good tips! We took charge three years ago to lower our energy usage, began with changing all the light bulbs to energy saving ones and started seeing savings the next month. We have since made lifestyle changes that have become a way of life 🙂

  35. Jeffrey says:

    We’ve done the light bulb switch and always use our own grocery bags. We have a programmable thermostat that turns down the temperature during the night.

  36. Peggy Johnson says:

    Great tips, many we do, but some we need to start doing.thanks

  37. Jennifer T. says:

    I thought I was the only one who ran the dishwasher in the middle of the night. I also use rinse water for veggies and such to water patio plants.

  38. Mya Murphy says:

    Great tips. I already do every single one.

  39. Gianna says:

    Thanks for the info.

  40. christine jessamine says:

    I love using reusable shopping bags. My favorite to take with me are produce bags. I love that they have mesh netting

  41. Barb Stenby says:

    we don’t have a dishwasher so I hand wash but I do conserve water. we use reusable tote bags, paper bags for leaves & we compost our organic gardens

  42. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    We are saving money by changing out all our old bulbs for the LED ones…. We also call out an expert to give us advice on where we are losing energy and they show you all your problems.

  43. cassandra says:

    I usually take my own shopping bags but to be honest it is hard for larger families to do this who don’t have time to shop that often!

  44. Corey Olomon says:

    These are some great tips!

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