Tips to Help Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
If you are celebrating Earth Day, you may be digging in your garden, picking up neighborhood trash, or maybe even planting a tree. But even after Earth Day has come and gone, you can still do your part. Making your home more energy efficient can help keep the planet green while keeping more “green” in your wallet. Here are some simple energy-saving tips for your home:
Seal air leaks and properly insulate.
Check for signs of drafts and seal any leaks. If your windows are drafty, consider adding weather-stripping to the frame or invest in new energy-efficient windows.
Turn off and unplug.
Take the time to turn off all lights, appliances, and electronics when you’re not using them. Unplug the small ones that you can like computer monitors, cell phone chargers, and lamps.
Take advantage of window coverings.
Close blinds located on the sunny side of your home during the summer to help keep the house cool, and open the blinds in the winter to let in the solar heat.
Get with the program.
A programmable thermostat that is properly programmed can save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs.
Change your lightbulbs.
Reduce energy use by making sure your lightbulbs are halogen, compact fluorescents, and LEDs. These types of energy efficient lightbulbs will use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and will last longer.
Clean or change furnace and air conditioner filters regularly.
A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder wasting energy.
Switch to cold water.
Washing your clothes in cold water will help you save money on laundry day. Use low-flow faucets and shower heads to save money on water bills, too.
Source: Alliance to Save Energy