It seems the price of energy goes up every year, and for most of us, our income goes up less. It thus becomes more important to focus on saving energy costs in your home. It really is one of the easiest ways to save money since it doesn’t involve giving up hard things like scrumptious deserts, Saturday night dates, or your trip to Hawaii. To save home energy really means you have to develop an awareness of what wastes energy and fix the problems in your house.
Heating and Cooling use by far the most Energy.
Of course this depends on where you live, but most climates are cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The place to start is your thermostat. Make sure it is a programmable thermostat so you can set it to less costly temperatures when you are sleeping, or out of the house at work. When you are home, set it for 68 degrees or lower in the winter, and 78 degrees or higher in the summer. Make use of sweaters when you are cold and shorts when you are hot.
Once you have your thermostat settings under control, the next most critical area is stopping air and temperature leakage. First inspect to see if you have the proper insulation in your house. Many homes over 25 years old skimped on insulation since insulation factors were not part of building codes then. You also want to insure your air ducts, or heating pipes are well insulated.
Check for air loss around windows and doors, electrical outlets and switches, baseboards, pipes, light fixtures, and any other place that could be a problem. Caulking these gaps and installing weather-stripping will make a big difference. Also, check to make sure your duct system is not leaking air since you don’t want to heat the crawl space or attic.
Hot Water Heaters are Often in a closet and Completely Ignored.
Saving money on hot water is easy. Most people have it turned way up and use cold water to make it comfortable. Setting it at 120 degrees which is between the medium and low setting will work fine for most people. When you leave on vacation, turn it to low, or even turn it off. Of course, conservation helps. Those teenage showers can be very costly. Get in, get washed and get out. My father used to turn off the water while soaping up, but he was a real tightwad.
Lower Your Electric Bill with Energy Efficient Appliances and Lighting.
Appliances use 15-20% of your homes energy usage and lighting uses about 10% of usage so both these areas merit investigating. Older appliances were not built for energy efficiency since energy used to be cheap. When you plan to replace appliances make sure you get one with an Energy Star label since they are rated the most energy efficient.
Lighting is real easy to fix now that compact fluorescent bulbs are available to replace your standard light bulbs. They will reduce energy usage by over 50%. This is money in your pocket
Consider a Home Energy Audit. You Can Do It Yourself.
If you really want to save home energy you need more information than you find in this article. It highlights some of the areas of concern, but you really need to learn a lot more about saving energy, and then apply your knowledge to prepare a plan to make over your home.
My name is Bruce Clancy and I’ve been a Do It Yourself nut for over 25 years. In that time, I’ve gained a huge amount of knowledge about the challenges that homeowners face when they tackle a new project and learn new skills. With the cost of energy skyrocketing, I have turned my energies to saving energy for the homeowner. If you want to learn How to Save Home Energy, visit my site at http://www.savehomeenergycenter.com/