Every family would love to save some money, especially when on a tight budget. With energy costs on the rise, re-evaluating your family’s energy practices and making a plan to make your home more energy efficient should be at the top of your list. The following energy-saving tips will not only help you save money, but also make a positive impact on the environment.
Heating can be responsible for more than half of your family’s winter energy bill. Though it may seem inconvenient or a waste of money, having your furnace professionally maintained can help save on energy costs. If you haven’t already, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat for your home. These thermostats can adjust your home’s temperature throughout the day to save on energy costs while you are away from home. Home Depot has a great selection of these thermostats, and they can be purchased for as low as $20. Another easy way to heat your home for nothing, is to open southern facing curtains and blinds to allow in natural sunlight.
Turning off lights or using a timer when you are away is a great energy reducing habit. Computers and monitors should be turned off if you’re not going to use them for more than a few hours. Unplug equipment like cell-phones, coffee makers, toasters, or TV’s that are not being used. Together, these unused devices may be responsible for as much as 10% of your home’s energy use.
Though it is something that you may not have thought of, your water temperature can also be effecting your home’s energy efficiency. Keep your water heater seat at the lowest temperature that will provide hot water for your family. Most families are comfortable with 120°F, and every 10 degrees deducted will usually save about 3-5% on your water heating costs. In addition to lowering your water heater’s temperature, make sure to insulate your water heater’s tank with an insulating jacket. This jacket will reduce the loss of heat through the tank, saving you money of your heating bills.
It doesn’t take much time or money to make your home more energy efficient. By changing bad habits, and developing good practices your family can save money and become more environmentally responsible. How about giving it a shot?