The cost of continually heating and cooling a home seems to increase. Figure in the cost of water and lighting, and you may find yourself deeply stressed when you read your utility bills each month. Here are some recommendations for bringing down these expenses:
1. Use your heat and air conditioning less often by keeping setting your thermostat cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer. Keep your thermostat set at 67 degrees in the winter and at no lower than 79 degrees in the summer.
2. Lower the setting on your water heater, but not to less than 115 degrees.
3. Contact your local utility company and ask if they offer free energy audits. You’ll find out where your home is allowing energy to escape and what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. The utility company may also offer rebate programs that can lower the cost of your energy adjustments, or you may meet requirements for a low interest home energy loan to fund your energy adjustments such as putting in a more efficient heating and cooling system.
4. Ask your utility company if they have an energy saving program. For example, some utility companies automatically shut off your appliances during peak hours.
5. Replace your toilet with an energy-efficient one that that uses less water. Also, replace older shower heads with newer, lower-flow shower heads.
6. Make your home more energy efficient by caulking, making use of weather stripping, and adding insulation, each of which are relatively simple projects you can do yourself.
7. Use fans, not air conditioning, to cool your home during the summer months.
8. Hang up your clothes to dry. Not only is using a dryer costly, but all of that hot air makes your clothes show more wear.
9. If you need to replace your washing machine, get one that takes clothes from the front rather than top. You will reduce your energy usage by as much as 50 percent and save on water as well.
10. Take showers, not baths, and lessen the length of your showers.
11. Replace old-style incandescent light bulbs with the newer more efficient fluorescent bulbs.
12. Don’t run a dishwasher that is only partially full of dishes.
13. Be sure to fix all of your home’s leaky faucets.
Ryan Russell is an accomplished salesperson who has had great success with these energy-saving techniques. Check out his latest websites discussing contemporary bathroom lighting and low voltage lighting.