Now that the dust has settled from the New Years and Super Bowl, spring is starting to take hold. Therefore, it’s time to start thinking about your home and what you can do to stop wasting energy and money through the right energy efficient home upgrades (not to mention making your home more comfortable and healthier – and contributing to a healthier environment). In the spirit of David Letterman, the following is a list of the Top 10 ways to save energy and make your home more energy efficient:
- Cover up the cracks. By examining your home and finding areas in which heat and air escape, then plugging them with either insulation or sealant, you can save a considerable amount of energy. $400+ in yearly savings from this one.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs! Switch from your current light bulb to a CFL or LED model. In doing so, you will put $140 per year or more in your pocket. Yes, they cost a bit more – but they’ll save you some serious money in the long run.
- Use a “smart” power strip to automatically shut off devices when you aren’t using them. Even when you have turned off a computer monitor or TV, the device uses power – even in standby mode. Amazingly this will keep you from wasting $30+ per year.
- Buy ENERGY STAR appliances – ENERGY STAR appliances are certified by the government and rated as more efficient than their older counterparts. Look for the logo on any new appliances (note, ENERGY STAR does not rate ovens and ranges). This could save you a few hundred dollars or more each year.
- Use cold water for washing clothes. Is hot or warm water really necessary to clean your clothes? The answer, no – not usually. Unless you’re fighting some tough stains like oil stains, consider switching from hot water to warm or cold. The majority of the energy used by our clothes washer is spent heating the water. So switch to cold and save.
- Get a programmable thermostat. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, get one now!!! Why pay for the energy to heat or cool your home when you’re not there??? A programmable thermostat is one of the simplest methods of energy reduction. Raise the temperature a few degrees in the summer, and lower it a few degrees in the winter. This simple action will save you a couple hundred dollars or more each year.
- Add more insulation to your home. By adding more insulation, you can keep the heat in and the cold out. If your home was built before about 1980, you should have an expert evaluate it to determine if you have the proper level of insulation. Doing this could save you $1,500 each year.
- Purchase a low-flow showerhead. ”Low-flow” showerheads help you save hot water and the energy used to heat it. Yes, you may not feel like you are showering under Niagara Falls, but you will put another $140 in your pocket each year.
- Hang dry your laundry. At first this may sounds like a pain, but hang drying clothes when weather permits saves $150 per year and helps your clothes last longer, a double benefit for the planet.
- Get a personalized home energy savings plan. Take Energy Results’ Virtual Home Energy Audit to learn more about the upgrades mentioned above and explore other savings opportunities for your home. And this one is free!!!
Spring is just around the corner, use these months of more mild climate to get your home ready for the summer and winter months. The right efficiency upgrades can help take a bite out of your high energy bills. So get started today – and if you need help, contact us at Energy Results. We can show you how to save energy by selecting the right energy efficient products or scheduling an energy audit or home efficiency services with one of our experienced professionals.