Six Inexpensive Tips for Making Your Home Energy
How to Reduce Home Energy costs without
Breaking the Bank
By Mark J. Donovan
Reduce Hot Water
Heating and Consumption
Long high volume hot showers cost a fortune every year in home energy costs. You
can start making your home energy efficient by replacing your old showerheads
with low flow showerheads and by simply taking shorter length showers. These two
simple steps alone can dramatically reduce your monthly home energy costs. If
you want to go to the next level in home energy efficiency, as it relates to
reducing your how water heating costs, consider putting your hot water tank on a
timer, or better yet, replacing your old storage hot water tank with an
on-demand tankless hot water heater system.
Better Insulate Your Home
A poorly insulated home can increase your monthly home energy costs by 25% or
more. For a more energy efficient home, assess the insulation in your home to
determine if it meets the standards for your local area per the Department of
Energy’s recommendations. See my article on "Insulation
R-Values for Homes" to learn what your home needs for insulation. Pay
particular attention to your attic, as attics are notorious for having
inadequate insulation in them. In addition, adding additional insulation in an
attic is an easy do it yourself project.
Replace Old Light
Fixtures and Bulbs
New compact fluorescent light (CFLs) bulbs and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
bulbs can cut your home’s lighting energy costs by up to as much as 70%. Though
more expensive than standard incandescent light bulbs, CFL and LED light bulbs
last for thousands of hours.
Also, replace some of your old light fixtures that light up an entire room with
new spot lighting options, such as in the kitchen. In addition to making your
home more energy efficient, this tip will also help to modernize your home and
add some unique charm to it.
New appliances that are Energystar rated are much more efficient than the old
clunker refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, and electric stove appliances
you bought 15 years ago. By replacing your old appliances with home energy
efficient ones you can cut your electrical utility costs associated with these
types of appliances by at least 20%.
|Service Home Furnace System Annually
It’s important from a home energy efficiency standpoint and a safety
perspective to have your home heating furnace serviced annually. Whether it
is oil or gas fired, injectors and filters clog up, and burned byproducts
can build up in the ductwork, which reduces the energy efficiency of the
Replace Old Thermostats with Programmable Thermostats
Running the heat all day in your home while you’re not there is a huge waste
Photo by Mark Donovan
Albeit, walking into a cold home after returning from a day of work is no fun
However, by replacing your home’s old thermostats with programmable ones you can
dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency and be able to walk into a
warm home when you return in the evening. Programmable thermostats allow you to
do such things as automatically turn the heat down during the day when you’re
not home, and then turn it up shortly before you return home. Many programmable
thermostats also have features that allow weekday and weekend settings.
By implementing these 6 home energy efficiency tips you should be able to reduce
your home energy costs by half, as well as play your role in conserving the
world’s energy resources.
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