Want to make your home more energy-efficient? Whether it’s to save money on utility bills or promote a cleaner environment, lowering your home’s energy usage offers numerous benefits. So, consider the following tips to minimize your energy use.
#1) Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Some people assume that washing clothes in hot water offers better cleaning power. In reality, though, cold water is equally as effective – and it consumes less energy. Washing clothes in hot water forces the water heater to consume power. A couple loads probably isn’t going to make much of a difference, but washing all your clothes in hot water can certainly raise your utility bills.
#2) Add Insulation
Adding a little insulation to your home will go a long way in making it more energy-efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), space heating consumes more energy in residential homes than any other system or device. By adding an extra layer of insulation to your basement/crawlspace and/or attic, you’ll reduce thermal energy loss and keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
#3) Replace Incandescent Bulbs
What type of light bulbs are you using in your home? Traditional incandescent bulbs are the cheapest to buy, but that doesn’t mean they are the best. You can expect an incandescent bulb to last for about 1,200 hours while drawing 60 watts of power. In comparison, a compact-fluorescent (CFL) bulb will last for about 8,000 hours while drawing 15 watts of power. CCFL bulbs cost more than incandescent bulbs, but making the switch will save you money in the long run.
#4) Choose ENERGY STAR Appliances
If you’re willing to make the investment, upgrading to ENERGY STAR appliances can reduce your home’s energy usage. Washing machines, dryers, ovens, refrigerators and other major appliances with the ENERGY STAR label consume between 10% and 50% less energy than their counterparts.
#5) Install Thermal Curtains
Thermal curtains are designed specifically to insulate the room in which they are used and reduce a loss of thermal energy. They contain thicker, heavier material than conventional curtains, making them an invaluable tool in promoting an energy-efficient home.
#6) Tune Up Your HVAC System
Contact a local heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialist to have your home’s system tuned up. A basic tune-up consists of replacing the air filter, cleaning ducts and condenser coils, checking refrigerant levels and inspecting other components of the system. In addition to catching problems early, a tune-up can also create a more efficient heating and cooling system.
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