Even though you might not have any inclination to ‘go green’, saving energy is not only good for the environment but it can save loads of money in the long run. The best way to start is to reduce your energy consumption at home, and it might surprise you to know that anyone can do this without any significant costs. Here are a few things you should consider:
Make sure your home has proper insulation and weather stripping. Heating a home during winter is a costly affair and losing that generated heat is a great waste and dangerous for the environment.
Switch to Compact Fluorescent
Fluorescent bulbs consume far less energy than traditional bulbs. Although their initial cost is much greater, they are a good investment as they consume 12 times less energy.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows are the primary cause of heat loss during winter and loss of cool air during summer. Consider replacing your old single pane windows with double aluminum or vinyl paned ones. Tinted windows also allow light through without heating up.
Be on the Lookout for Energy Efficient Appliances
Energy efficient appliances are quite pricey, but they save you more money in the long run. Look out for appliances with the HE logo or Energy Star certified appliances.
Avoid constant thermostat changes as they cost more than leaving them in reasonable settings. Try to rely more on insulation and keeping heat or cold air in rather than inefficiently using heaters or Air conditioners. Consider opting for a controlled thermostat which switches off automatically once the room has been sufficiently heated.
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels are another high priced, yet cost-effective investment. They are easily installed on rooftops and significantly decrease electricity bills. They can be difficult to maintain, but as more and more companies enter the market, even this issue will soon be resolved.
Conduct an Energy Efficiency Audit
There are companies who perform energy audits. They possess the tools of the trade necessary to determine where your home might be lacking in energy conservation and offer advice as to how to improve your ‘green’ status
Use Shade to Your Advantage
Planting trees in the right spot can offer protection in the form of shade during the summers and can also protect against cold winds during winters.
Turn off all Unnecessary Appliances
You might not be aware but most idle appliances do consume power. For example, printers, desktop pcs, microwaves and even toasters. Switch them off when not in use
Warm Water Setting
The temperature of your water heater should be reasonable and not too hot. A change of about 120 F to 130 F can result in huge savings at the end of the year. Insulate your water pipes ensuring water stays warmer for longer.
Creating an energy efficient home need not be a daunting task. As you can see now, it consists of a few mindful decisions that can save you huge amounts of money, and help the environment too. A truly win-win situation.