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There are many simple changes you can make to use less energy and reduce your home’s energy waste. These changes don’t only affect the environment and efficiency of your home, they save you money! In fact, these tweaks can save you up to 25% on your annual utility expenses. Now that’s nothing to sneeze at!
Lights and electronics alone could account for up to 12% of your utility bill. Here is how to reduce their energy waste.
Lights and Light Bulbs
Changing the type of light bulb you use is a simple energy saving adjustment anyone can make. By trading in traditional light bulbs for energy efficient LED light bulbs you could save up to $75 a year in utility expenses. Another word of advice when it comes to lights and electronics in your home is to turn them off when you are not using them. Idle electronics should be unplugged when not in use because they produce “phantom loads“. Put simply, idle electronics draw energy from outlets for as long as they are plugged in. Consider using a smart power strip to keep these electronics from wasting energy.
Change Energy Providers
Energy deregulation allows residential homeowners to choose their energy supplier. This is only available in certain states so you will have to do some research to see if you qualify. A simple switch of energy providers could save you a large amount of money on your utility bill. Take some time to go over this site that allows you to easily compare energy prices.
Hot water is a home’s second largest energy expense. Cutting back on this energy drainer can save you a decent amount of money.
Use Less Water
You can start saving on your water related costs by taking shorter showers. You can save up to 10 gallons of water for every two minutes you shave off of your shower time. Make sure you are turning water off when you are not using it and check for leaky faucets. Consider washing your clothes in cold water to cut energy usage in half per load.
Adjust Your Water Heater’s Temperature
Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees. This simple change could save you up to 10% on water heating costs.
Home heating and cooling is the most costly part of your utility bill. However, there are some simple things you can do to save money and energy.
Heating in the Winter
Many homes see a spike in their utility bills during the cold winter months. There are some things you can do to conserve energy during the winter that will drastically reduce your home heating and cooling expenses.
First, make sure your home is properly insulated. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are lost every year due to heat being wasted in homes during the winter.
Turn down your thermostat at night and when you are away from home. This could save you up to 10 percent per year on heating costs. If you get a little chilly in the night consider buying flannel sheets and keeping yourself bundled up. It’s worth saving the extra money!
Find and Repair Leaks
Check your doors and windows for air leaks. If they are not sealed correctly, the wasted energy could be costing you a ton of extra money. If you don’t know how to seal leaks on your own you have nothing to fear because sealing is a simple task to learn.
What have you done around your home that’s adjusted YOUR energy usage?
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