One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to save money at home is by saving energy. If you’re a homeowner, renter or landlord, everyone can find ways to cut consumption! In the next few blog posts, we’re going to be taking a look at a few areas, that can help create an energy efficient abode for your family, and save money as well!
Lots of energy is wasted through leaky faucets, dripping ducts, outdated appliances, and insufficient heating or cooling systems. According to the US Government’s webpage, Energy.Gov(http://energy.gov/
- Install a programmable thermostat. This can help you manage your heating and cooling needs in the most efficient manner.
- Lower the thermostat in your water heater. Changing the temperature to 120 can make a substantial savings.
- Use power strips to plug in your appliances. TVs, DVD players, and even lights can run more efficiently, however, be sure and turn off appliances when not in use, even “standby” mode uses extra electricity.
- Close all doors and windows. When heating or cooling your home. This can made a huge difference in the temperature of your house, and on our bill.
- Change your showerhead. A low-flow showerhead can decrease your home water consumption.
- Air dry clothes and dishes. Generate less heat and use less wattage.
- Look for ENERGY STAR labels on new appliances. Products marked with the star have been deemed energy efficient, and can pay off in the long run.
Simple steps, like these, are easy and can help a homeowner save money, however, larger investments pay off over time, and will even improve the value of your home. We’ll be discussing some investments to save money in our next blog. Find out even more about saving money and energy at home by checking out http://energy.gov/energysaver/