What You Can Do to Conserve Energy and Save Money at Home


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Energy conservation is an important endeavor.  Many of our current sources of energy are nonrenewable and will not last forever.  It is wise for all of us to consider ways to conserve energy within our own homes to help the environment, save natural resources, and save money in the process.

There are many ways that families can work together to conserve energy at home.  Get kids involved by encouraging them to spend a little less time on their electronics by playing outside more or doing non-electronics related activities.   Remember to have them turn off TV’s, computers, and video games when not in use.

Turn off lights when not in use as well.  Replacing old light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs will save energy and money.  They also usually last a lot longer, so it will be less work for you, too.

When your appliances need an upgrade, switch your refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher to certified energy star appliances.  They will cut costs over time while also saving energy.

Wash your clothes in cold water to save more energy and money.  You will save on water heating costs and wear on your water heater.  Low-flow faucets and shower heads are another way to save on water usage.  Reducing the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit will help avoid scalding and save water heating energy.

Heating and cooling costs can be curtailed by installing a programmable thermostat.  This will allow you to adjust the settings for when you are not home to save energy and money.  Closing blinds on windows to keep hot or cold temperatures out depending on the season is also a good way to help with heating and cooling costs.

Something many families do not think about is what electronics they are keeping near their thermostat.  Lamps, televisions, or entertainment centers that are placed near the thermostat can give off heat making the thermostat read higher than it should.  This little mistake can make your A/C run longer or turn on sooner than it needs to.

Dirty furnace or A/C filters can slow air flow throughout your house and make your system work too hard.  Changing the filters regularly will improve air quality while making your system run more efficiently.

Check your entire house for cracks, holes, and places where air can get in or out.  Seal leaks and make sure your home is properly insulated.  These areas can be major sources of energy loss and fixing them can make your home much more comfortable.

Another area to have professionally inspected are your ducts.  Sometimes up to 20% of your heated or cooled air can be lost through your duct system to the outside.  Make sure they are sealed properly to cut energy loss.

Landscaping can even have an impact on your heating and cooling usage.  Strategically placed trees around your home can make a difference in energy savings depending on your climate.

If everyone finds ways to conserve energy at home, we will all aid in conserving natural resources and put money back in our wallets.  That is definitely a win/win scenario!



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