Surefire Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home

Are you struggling with high energy bills each month? If so, then there are easy and environmentally friendly ways that can help you bring them down to a reasonable figure. High energy bills are always attributed to posh lifestyles and ignorance, but it doesn’t mean that you have to live an austere life to help you cut down them down. As such, it is possible to live comfortably and enjoy the amenities that make up a modern life while at the same time trim your energy consumption. Hence, you need to adopt a holistic approach in ensuring that you conserve energy and make your home energy efficient.

Installing a programmable thermostat in your home

A thermostat in a home work by detecting the prevailing temperatures and ensuring that they are always maintained at a suitable level. This it does by switching on and off the cooling and heating systems when need be. In homes, they help homeowners stay comfortable with respect to the prevailing climatic conditions of the area of residence. However, it is notable that when the cooling and heating systems of a home are not properly examined, they can add up to high energy bills. Hence, it is necessary to install a programmable thermostat to help lower and raise the home temperatures at a suitable time and reduce the energy consumption rate. Even after installing it, remember to lower the thermostat on your heater to about 120F to help save energy.

Energy conservation- Home lighting systems

Although you might see the cost of buying and installing either a motion or a vacancy sensor to be high, but in the long run having installed either of them you can achieve energy efficiency because it will help you switch on and off lights when necessary. Moreover, there are timers that work best for the outdoor lights and are very efficient. Aside, it is essential that you replace all the incandescent bulbs with more energy efficient ones such as fluorescent bulbs and even LED light bulbs that can be recycled and contain no mercury, hence not hazardous to the environment. Even without all this, remember to switch on and off lights in your house when appropriate to cut down energy consumption.

Reduce air infiltration

Reducing air infiltration is one of the best ways in improving home’s energy efficiency. This is because when conditioned air is allowed to escape from the house and air from outside allowed in when it is not appropriate, it implies that energy consumption will go up with the overworking of the heating and cooling systems. Hence, it is important to ensure that there are no leaks through the attic, walls, doors, and windows. If there are cracks, it is critical to have them fixed quickly. As well, avail new doors with good thermal properties and ensure that they open and close tightly to help avoid temperature swings in the homes. Moreover, go for double glazed windows as opposed to single glazed because they sandwich inert gas that help insulate the house. So when doing your home remodeling make sure to use solid materials and reduce air infiltration and improve energy efficiency.

Home appliances

Home appliances, if not used properly can account for high energy consumption in your home. Hence, it is essential that you are equipped with the necessary operational skills to help you. As well, avoid being ignorant and unplug them from the power source as you leave the house since turning them off can still account for energy wastage. Moreover, discard old appliances and buy new ones with an Energy Star logo since they are certified and guarantee energy efficiency. There is also an option of buying and installing solar panels to power them when there is sufficient sunlight.

Save water

The importance of saving water to cut down your water bill should not be ignored at all costs. It is advisable that you turn off the water while brushing your teeth since this can help save up to 5 gallons of water each day. Moreover, it is essential that you change your shower head and replace it with a low flow model to help you save up to 25 gallons a day. Also, install low flow toilets in your home, add aerators in all the faucets and add water filtration systems to your kitchen faucet to help you keep your water bill at a reasonable figure.

A little effort every now and then can help you bring down your energy bills with ease and enjoy life like any other person. Kill the ignorance, exploit the above mentioned tips, expect good results at the end of the month and be consistent to help you routinely pay less energy bills.

 

Credit Diana Smith on Google+

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