Saving energy is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet. You can save hundreds of dollars a year by making your home more energy efficient. There are plenty of ways to reduce your impact on the environment and many of them are cheap (Some local governments give rebates or tax incentives as well). Consider these ideas to save a little money on your next energy bill.
1. Replace your bulbs with CFL or LED
The average household dedicates around 11% of its total energy budget to lighting every year. LED’s and CFL’s can reduce the energy use required by lighting by about 50% to 75%. LEDs last the longest but are also the most expensive at around $20 a bulb. However, they do pay for themselves over time. Just consider it an investment. Plus, it’s always a good feeling saving the environment.
2. Plant Trees around your Home
By planting trees around your home it can add much needed shade for the home significantly reducing the amount of energy used to cool it. Also, it provides wind protection during the winter
months. Not only is it one of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient, but it also adds value to your property and helps reduce pollution. The key is to plant the type of tree that’s best adapted to your environment.
3. Insulate Water Heater and Pipes
We all know that water heaters waste a lot of money, but unfortunately tankless water heaters come with a big cost. Luckily there are ways to reduce the amount of energy you spend by heating water and they’re fairly cheap. Make sure that your water heater is turned to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It doesn’t need to be any hotter than this and it can save quite a bit in costs. Also, by adding an insulation wrap around the water heater as well as the hot water pipes, you can cut down on the amount of heat lost.
4. Keep Fridge Stocked
This one’s kind of weird, and many people don’t know about it, but keeping your fridge stocked full actually reduces the amount of energy that your refrigerator uses. I’ll explain. Items in the
fridge help by keeping the space cooler. When there’s empty space, the area doesn’t stay cool as easily and the refrigerator works in overdrive to keep it cool. So in other words, keep your fridge stocked and you’ll save some dough.
5. Keep blinds shut during summer, open during winter
This should be a no brainer. During the day you should keep your blinds shut during the summer to prevent the summer sun from creeping in and warming up your home. In the winter the opposite is true, as you want the sun to come in to help warm your place up. In the evenings you should close your blinds in the winter to add an extra layer of insulation when the sun goes down. These simple things can definitely help you save some money on your heating and cooling costs.
6. Seal up your home
Around 30% of a home’s heating and cooling is lost around doors and windows. Make sure that they’re properly sealed by using caulking around the cracks, and by adding weather-strip lining along the edges of the
doors and windows. Also, make sure that your entire house is properly insulated, especially if it’s an older structure. It can make a huge difference on the overall efficiency of your home.
7. Keep fans off when not around
The purpose of a fan is simply to make you feel cooler. They do this by moving the air around and providing a wind-chill effect to your body. However, they do not actually cool the air. Although keeping a fan on is a good way to make a room feel cooler with less energy, keeping one on while not in the room is a waste of money. So do yourself a favor and save some money by shutting them off when leaving the room.
Replacing both your faucets and your showerheads can be a cheap and simple way to save water. A faucet aerator, which usually costs less than $5.00, adds air into the
water stream to give powerful water pressure with only a fraction of the amount of water as regular faucets. Many showerheads work the same way and start as low as $10.00. While using these, you consume about half as much water as regular faucets. For extra water saving, use a low-flush toilet as well.