No matter where we get our energy from, it isn’t free, which means thinking about being more energy efficient is good for the environment and our wallets.
Between 1950 and 2007, US energy use nearly tripled. So how do we start using less? An excellent place to start is making your home more energy efficient.
We can all do our part to contribute to a world that consumes less energy. Making your home more efficient can sound time and money consuming, but there are in fact plenty of easy fixes that make environmental and economic sense.
Here are five easy fixes and solutions for maximizing on energy in your home.
Invest in CFL Bulbs
Although they run a little more expensive than conventional light bulbs in the short term, over time, compact fluorescent light bulbs do more than pay off.
They use less energy than the average bulb and they last much longer, which means saving energy and money on buying new bulbs.
Use less water
Your home probably consumes way more water than you think, and that’s all part of your energy consumption. Make sure that you keep your energy costs low by using less water in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.
When it comes to water, even the small things matter, so make sure that you do things like running your dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load and shortening your shower times.
Investing in water-saving devices is also a great way to ensure you are maximizing on your water use.
Plant shrubs and bushes
Planting might not be the first thing you think of when making your house energy efficient, but trees and shrubs can actually be a big help, and make your place look better in the process.
Give your house shade on the west and southwest side, and in turn decrease your energy costs, by planting a little additional greenery.
If you are living in an older house, you can probably be sure that it is under-insulated.
Proper insulation can help you cut your heating and cooling bills by 10 percent, so make sure you get your house looked at and see where you can make improvements.
Think about heating
Both the heating and cooling of your house have a big effect on your overall energy bill.
The first step is to weather strip your windows and doors; especially in older houses, this is a prime place where energy is lost, and if you can prevent heat from entering and leaving, you’re one step closer to better regulating the temperature of your home.
You can also consider investing in a programmable thermostat, which will help you regulate the heat of your house.
Carly enjoys writing about energy efficient topics. She especially enjoys doing research on energy saving products such as CFL bulbs. When doing some research she came across energyearth.com. This place has lots of energy saving advice and products to choose from.
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