Ways To Save Energy at Home
You may know how important it is to the environment to save energy. However, don’t forget that you can benefit your pocketbook at the same time. Here are some ways to save energy around the house and keep your money in the bank.
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Change Your Bulbs
About 10% of your home energy costs may be due to running your lights. If you switch to CFL or even better, LED light bulbs, you can drastically decrease that percentage.
Lower (or Raise) the Temperature of Your HVAC System
Turning your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and higher in the summer can save quite a chunk on your bill. Be sure to make adjustments for when you are gone so your AC doesn’t run day and night while you are away at the beach for a week.
Use Your Microwave
Using the microwave oven during the hot summer months can keep you from adding heat to the home while you cook. It also uses less energy than a regular oven or stove.
Drop the Temp on Your Water Heater
Most tank-style water heaters heat up the water in the tank and keep it ready to be used at a moment’s notice. If you reduce the temperature a few degrees you may be able to save quite a bit. In addition, you won’t be in danger of scalding water straight from the faucet.
There are several things you can do to lower your energy consumption and costs. You can save money and help protect the environment at the same time.