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8 Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
You would not just throw money down the drain or out of the window, would you? For this reason there are plenty of ways you can improve your home daily in order to save energy and more favorable, money. Here are a few easy and effective energy saving tips that you can begin trying out today.
Programmable Thermostats: Did you know that by simply installing a programmable thermostat you can save a few hundred dollars a year on your heating and cooling costs? With a programmable thermostat you allow your HVAC systems to be automatically turned on, off, up, or down during peak and down times.
Unplug It: If you are not in a room, turn off the lights. If you are not using an appliance or electronics, unplug it. It really is that simple. “Vampire power,” or electronics sucking energy out of your home when they are not in use, has been known to cost you hundreds of dollars a year.
Insulate and Seal: Properly sealing off and insulating your home is another thing that can save you hundreds of dollars a year, and it is perhaps the most cost-effective. Be sure to check windows, doors, outlets, attics, basements, fireplaces, baseboards, and everywhere in between to see if there is anyway hot or cold air is sneaking out. If you find a leak, have edges and cracks filled and sealed immediately. In addition to saving you money on your energy bill, this practice will also increase the comfort in your home by keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Laundry Fixes: There is a lot you can do in the laundry room to save on energy. First, if possible, try using cold water more often than not, especially if the clothes you are washing are not very dirty. Additionally, shy away from doing small loads of laundry or running a cycle for just one or two items, as this wastes water and energy. Also, do not forget, for energy and safety purposes, to clean the lint tray after every load of laundry you do. When applicable, try air-drying your clothes instead of running the dryer to excess.
Bathroom Products: The bathroom is another place where a lot of energy goes down the drain—literally. Install only efficient products in your bathroom, such as low-flow faucets, shower heads, toilets and tanks in an effort to conserve water and save on your bills.
Filters: Changing or cleaning the filters in your furnace or air conditioner regularly (about every three months) will keep your home running efficiently and can save you a little money, too. Keep in mind, leaving old filters will only dirty your appliances or slow down your air flow, costing you money either way.
Kitchen and Cooking: Tons of energy is wasted in the kitchen daily, which is why it is important to know some of the most efficient ways to cook. Try using a convection oven over a conventional oven, as convection ovens use about 20 percent less electricity than conventional ovens. However, if you really wish to save, microwaves trump them all, using about 80 percent less energy than conventional ovens.
Lighting: When it comes to the lighting situation in your home, there are a few options, natural and otherwise, you can try in order to save energy. Light your home up during the day with natural light from the outside instead of turning on every light bulb in the house. Plus, keeping your blinds open in the depths of winter can bring in some slight warmy rays of sunshine, heating your home more cost-effectively. When it is time to turn on the lights, make sure to switch to new and improved energy-efficient light bulbs, such as LEDs and CFLs, to reduce your use (and they have also been known to last longer).
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