Ways To Save Energy & Money Around Your Home

by Pam on May 30, 2017

Everyone wants to save money and most people are also environmentally conscious as well.  There are several ways you can save money around our home, and I have highlighted a few of these below.

Use a programmable thermostat

This is an easy way to ensure that you maximize the dollars you spend on heating and cooling your home.  You can program your thermostat so that you are comfortable while you are at home, without having the heat or air conditioning running as much while you are out.

Use LED lightbulbs

Tom from Sonica Led suggests that  using LEDs is far superior to using CFL lightbulbs as they are energy efficient and last a long time.  Although they are more expensive to buy, they pay for themselves due to their long life and efficient use of energy.

Reduce the use of your clothes dryer

I have a ten-month old son.  As a result, I do laundry nearly every day.  When he was born, my husband and I decided that rather than using the dryer, we would just put the clothes in the open air to dry.  Our house is dry anyway, so it also helped add some humidity to the air in our home.  Reducing the use of your clothes dryer reduces the amount of energy used each year which also results in significant costs.

Use cold water when you wash your clothes

Unless absolutely necessary, always try to use cold water rather than warm or hot water when you wash your clothes. For one, fabric is less liable to shrink.  For two, you save energy because the water doesn’t have to be heated up each time you wash your clothes.

Unplug appliances when you’re not using them

There are certain appliances in your home that use up energy even when they are not turned on.  So, any appliances that are not being used should be unplugged.

Repair problems with toilets & faucets right away

By repairing toilets and faucets immediately when you recognize there is a problem, you will dramatically reduce the amount of water that is wasted in your home.  Pay attention to the sound of your toilet after you flush.  If you continuously hear water running, you know you need to do something as this should not occur.  The same with constant dripping from taps – sometimes all it takes is a simple fix to remedy the situation. If not, contact a trusted plumber.

These are just a few tips to help you get started.  Try out these suggestions and you will be sure to reduce your energy bills as well as have peace of mind knowing that you are doing your part in being environmentally friendly.

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