Moving into a smaller home is a great way to save energy and money. The only problem with that option is it’s not practical for everyone. Seeking feasible alternatives can save your pocket book and energy. Start by looking for possible leaks around doors and windows in the home. Weatherizing a home is easy, and it can save up $250 a year. Calling the power company and asking for an energy audit is a great way to start saving money and energy. Some utility companies will give you the phone number of a professional who will come to the home. The licensed professional will seal and weatherize the home for free. These professionals are paid with federal grant money from the US Department of Energy. Money has been reserved specifically for these energy saving services. In some cases these professionals will pay you directly if you refer other clients to them (around $25 per referral).
Replacing appliances with Energy Star® certified appliances can cut power usage up to 35 percent a year. Programmable thermostats are a great option, their accuracy clearly indicates temperature, every degree makes a difference in your bill. On average programmable thermostats save the consumer $180 a year. Changing furnace filters every three months can save up to $100 a year. Don’t forget to unplug electronics when they’re not in use to save more than $100 a year. LED light bulbs are another great opportunity to save money and time, they use 84 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last 25 times longer.
Small changes add up quickly. If there’s a room in the home that’s rarely used, like a guest bedroom. Close the door and vents in that room until company is coming. Utilize the fans in the home to keep it cool and comfortable. Space heaters use less energy and are a cost effective way to stay warm during the winter months. Heating one room as opposed to a whole home makes a huge difference in your bill. Closing blinds and curtains keeps the home comfortable as well. Cooking outdoors, especially in bulk amounts saves energy and time. A few hours with a grill or smoker can make meal prep for the following week a cinch and lower energy bills. Let the laundry pile up until there is a full load available. Washing a complete load in cold water will save pennies with every wash cycle. If the weather permits, hang those clothes outside to dry. You’ll save money, and may even smell like sunshine. Taking time to be conscious of the energy you’re consuming, and modifying some things in the home will guarantee more money in your wallet and a happier planet.