Heating and cooling your home typically accounts for the largest percentage of your overall home energy use. Properly insulating and weatherizing your home can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars each year, not to mention drastically improving your home energy efficiency and making your home more comfortable to live in.
You can enjoy the same amount of light in your home while reducing your energy consumption by simply changing the light bulbs you use. Switch to CFL or LED bulbs and you'll use up to 75 percent less energy.
During daytime hours, enjoy the beauty of natural sunlight while cutting costs and reducing energy use in your home. Turn out the lights, pull the curtains back and let the sun shine in.
Make the sustainable choice when you choose to invest in energy efficient appliances. The price tag may be higher initially, but they will pay for themselves by saving money in your monthly bills. Look for the Energy Star while you are shopping.
Installing energy-efficient windows and doors is an excellent way to improve your home's energy performance. Whether you live in a warm or cold climate will determine the type of products you choose. In cold climates, select gas-filled with low emissivity ("low E") coatings to help control heat loss. In warmer climates, spectrally selective coatings will help keep you cool. Check for the Energy Star label when shopping for new energy efficient doors and windows.
Consider your home's natural climate when deciding how to landscape. By planting trees, hedges and shrubs to shade your home, you can reduce heating and cooling costs while creating a beautiful and energy efficient landscape.
You can dramatically reduce your water costs with several simple strategies. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing low-flow faucets can produce a total water savings of 25–60 percent. Water heating is another big energy drain. It can account for up to 25 percent of the total energy consumed in your home. Did you know that simply by lowering the temperature of your water heater from 140 to 120 degrees (still plenty hot for a shower) you can reduce your water heating costs by 10 percent?
If you are building a new home or doing major renovations, this is a good time to think about including some sources of renewable energy such as solar power in your design.
Get a home energy assessment and discover more ways you can save energy in your home.
Want to get a jumpstart on your home energy makeover? Hire a professional energy auditor to determine which parts of your home are losing the most energy and discover simple ways to decrease your home energy consumption.
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