Whether it be natural or man made, energy in all its forms should be preserved and made use of wisely. Many of us are not prudent about its conservation. Hence, we waste them day after day, unaware of the fact that they could tax us in the near future. Wastage of energy not only affects mother nature adversely but also adds to our monthly bills. Losing out on water or electricity at an unchecked rate causes monetary losses too.
Below, there are some tips discussed on how you can increase your savings by making your home energy efficient. Implement them from today and notice a remarkable difference in your monthly electricity bills.
Improve the insulation in your home - Insulate your rooms and basement properly so that you do not lose out the cool air during summer and the heat in winter. Losing the needed temperature of the room can cost you a lot of money. Make use of proper weather-stripping and other proper insulating techniques to lock the required temperature inside your home.
Make use of CFLs (compact fluorescent light) - Use of these lights will save your energy costs. Their prices are of a bit higher range but you will save money in the long run. They also have a longer life than the incandescent bulbs so, you can use them for a relatively long period.
Use energy efficient appliances - Appliances with HE logo or energy star certification consume less energy. Such appliances are also priced higher than the normal ones but help you save on your electricity bills. By installing energy efficient appliances you can not only cut down the energy consumption level at home but also contribute to the well-being of nature.
Install a storm door - According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), storm doors have low-emissivity glass or a protective coating that helps to reduce energy loss by up to 50%. You may have energy efficient front and side doors but a storm door gives that extra layer of protection from the changing weather conditions, whether it be too cold or too hot.
Install low-flow shower-heads - Even water consumption should be checked as it is also a valuable resource. By installing water efficient shower-heads, bathtubs, water closets etc., you can improve the water efficiency of your home. Low-flow shower-heads have a flow rate of less than 2.5gpm (gallons per minute) whereas, the conventional ones have a rate of 5gpm. Hence, you can assume how much water you waste every day.
Seal the windows or cracks - Look for the cracks in your home, whether it be around the windows, walls and ceilings. Air leaks could cost you much. If you have leaks or cracks around the window, try weather-stripping around the frames. For your windows, you can apply a sheet of shrink film and for cracks in drywall apply a bead of silicone caulk to seal them. By sealing these cracks you can stop wastage of energy and the high cost for it.
Install an automated thermostat - An automated thermostat is very useful for saving your cooling and heating costs. It adjusts the room temperature according to the fluctuating weather conditions. Automatic thermostats also can be programmed in sync with your personal preferences and can automatically turn off when you are not at home. This helps in keeping your bills within bounds.
Many or all of the above ideas may be new to you. If you have not yet been sensitive about the energy wastage issue, then learn about its effects more deeply and give your actions a careful thought. You can begin to be considerate about energy resources from now on and make nature and your home a better place to live in.