More and more people are deciding to make their homes more energy efficient. Making your home more energy efficient is not only good for the environment, but it can also help you save money on your electric bill. Below are five energy efficient changes that you can make to your home to help sustain both the environment and your bank account!
Switch To Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more expensive than incandescent light bulbs, but they are worth the money. They use nearly 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs. These bulbs also last six times longer than incandescent light bulbs. You can save $400 per year by switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
Raising the temperature on your thermostat during the summer months and lowering it during the winter months can help you save money on your electric bill. You may want to consider investing in a programmable thermostat. You can set the thermostat so that the temperature is lower or higher while you are sleeping or not at home. A programmable thermostat can help you save $180 per year.
Keep Your Water Heater Maintained
Your water heater will use more energy if it is not functioning properly. That is why regular maintenance is important. Keeping your water heater maintained will help you save anywhere from $96 to $100 per year. Maintenance will also help extend the life of your water heater.
Switch from Electric to Gas
If you live in an older home, your heating may still be running on electricity. This generally take a lot more energy and money to use than a gas furnace. Installing a gas furnace can easily be done by a technician from Moore & Russell Heating Ltd and it can save you hundreds of dollars each year on heating bills.
Install A Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans help keep the room cool by moving the air in the room. They can keep the room warm during the winter months by pushing down the warm air if the blades are turning clockwise. You can save $15 year by installing a ceiling fan. You can save more if you get creative. Some people manage to go the whole summer without air conditioning just by opening the windows at night and using the ceiling fans during the day, this method could save you hundreds!
Reduce Your Water Consumption
If you reduce your water consumption by 10 gallons per month, then you can save $180 to $240 per year. You can save water by taking showers instead of a bath. The average shower only uses five to nine gallons of hot water whereas a bath can use up to 15 gallons of water. You may also want to limit the amount of time you spend in the shower. If you like longer showers, but don’t mind lower water pressure, then installing a low pressure nozzle can help you use less water as well.
Simple changes can make your home more energy efficient and help you save money. You might be surprised how much you can save on energy with little additional effort!