Save Money by Saving Energy in Your Home
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:26pm | by handywomanathome
In today’s economy, saving money can be the hardest feat, especially if you have a family to take care of and look after. However, there are some ways that you can avoid the stress, and make ends meet – and then some – if you know where to look and know what to do. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you reduce your energy and utilities bills, saving you time and money.
Tips and Tricks to Save Money and Energy
The beauty of energy efficiency is that you are still able to get the same great quality, but using less energy, saving you huge amounts of money, annually.
Air Sealing: Did you know that air plunging, or air sealing, is important to your home because you prevent wasting air? By upgrading and creating a sealing for your doors and windows in your house, you are actually trapping cold air inside during the warmer seasons, and keeping hot air inside during the cooler seasons? This is helpful because it doesn’t overwork your air unit that runs on electricity.
Insulation Increase: Increasing the insulation in your home helps prevent hot air to transfer from room to room.
Minimizing Phantom Loads: Did you know that electricity can still be transferred into an appliance that is plugged in and is not being used? Unplug any appliances that you are not using, immediately, in order to save yourself some money.
Change Your Light Bulbs: The easiest and most cost effective way to save yourself money in energy bills is simply changing your light bulbs. Compact florescent light bulbs uses 75% less energy and last ten times longer than incandescent light bulbs, saving you tons of money monthly.
Cook Smart: Did you know the way you cook can be costing you thousands of dollars? Using a convection oven is smarter and more efficient than convention ovens because they use 20% less electricity. The use of built-in fans forces hot air to circulate, causing the food to cook faster. Also, microwave ovens use about 80% less energy too. This is helpful to know because if you are trying to save money, you need to save energy.
Change the Way You Do Laundry: Instead of washing a load of clothes on medium cycle, wait until you have a fuller load of laundry. If you can hang your clothes out to dry, do it, but if you need to use your dryer, make sure that you clean out the lint before each cycle before putting your wet clothes into the dryer.
Install A Programmable Thermostat: Programmable thermostats are useful to you and your wallet in that they automatically adjust to your home’s temperature on a schedule, so that you can always be comfortable when you need to be. They can save up to 15% on heat and cooling costs depending on the season.
Energy Efficient Appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers, showerheads, and toilets are another cost effective path to go down when trying to save energy and money in your home. Utility and energy bills can be very detrimental to your wallet, limiting you on what you are able to provide to your family. However, by reducing the amount of energy you use, you can save a huge amount of money in the long run.
Author Bio: Jennifer Parker is a handy woman to have around the house. Her passion is home living and she manages a home improvement blog in the living, design, and decor niches. Jennifer is also a freelance writer for Floor and Décor, a flooring retailer specializing in hardwood flooring.