How energy efficient is your home?
Here are several of the most effective ways to save energy — and money — at home. Have you taken these simple steps to becoming a more ‘green’ homeowner?
- Ditch those old light bulbs. Switch out your incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), which cost just a few dollars more. It will be some out-of-pocket money intially but you will save over $30 in energy costs over the lifetime of the bulb. And more than likely, these bulbs will pay for themselves in 6 months ( depending on use ).
- Set it & Forget it thermostats. A programmable thermostat is an easy way to control your internal climate. It works by automatically adjusting your home’s temperature to your schedule. That means you won’t waste energy when you’re not home. Already have one? Newer models are even better at helping you and your family save money. Some thermostats like ( NEST ) will even track your habits and learn to set themselves based on your own personal settings which can also save you money.
- Turn down the temp on your hot water heater. This can trim some money from your utility bills. Plus, it’s not good for your skin to take really hot showers anyway! Another great idea is the "tankless" water heater which will cost you some extra money up front but could save you a lot of money over time. It's basically a pay-as-you-go system and you will never run out of hot water because there is no tank. Such a wonderful idea for big families with a lot of kids.
- Get your appliances into the 21st century. Energy Star appliances use between 10 and 50 percent less energy and water than their conventional counterparts. Many utility companies and municipalities provide rebates or other incentives for customers to swap out old appliances for new ones.