Tuesday, July 2, 2013 / by Alicia Angstadt
When you save on energy, you also save money. As a homeowner, there are a number of ways that you can do both and still have the energy to enjoy your everyday life.
The Buzz On Bulbs
One of the most obvious ways to save energy in your home is to turn off the television when nobody is watching or when the room is empty. Additionally, avoid leaving lights on that aren’t necessary. Speaking of lights, your choice of light bulbs may also have an impact on your energy bill as certain types require more electricity than others resulting in higher energy costs.
Keep It Cool
During the warm spring and summer months, it’s best to keep all appliances that give off a lot of heat away from the thermostat. Otherwise, your home may appear hotter than it actually is and the air conditioner will then be made to work harder. This, in turn, equals more energy being used and more money being spent on energy costs.
Speaking of heat, it’s a good idea to avoid excessive use of the oven when it’s hot outside. During the warm weather months, the oven can quickly cause your home’s interior to heat up. This means the air conditioner will once again be working harder to cool your home’s interior, which increases your energy consumption. One popular alternative is to use the microwave.
Whether you have outdated appliances or are simply looking to furnish a new home, it’s a good idea to keep energy efficiency in mind while shopping for new models. Although energy-efficient appliances may be more expensive, they can save you money in the long run by cutting your energy costs every month.
Heating & Cooling
If you want to save a substantial amount of money, take a close look at your heating and cooling costs, which often make up over 50 percent of a family’s energy bill. When it comes to heating or cooling, make sure that the thermostat is adjusted at night and when the home is empty. Otherwise, you are simply wasting energy. Make sure that filters for both heating and cooling units are replaced regularly.
In the summer, leave your curtains and/or blinds closed in order to minimize the sun’s heat from entering your home as this could cause your air conditioner to work harder. After all, your air conditioner is designed to cool your home and the sun’s heat only makes the temperature rise. In the winter, however, open your curtains in order to get the most out of the sun’s warm rays.