Whether you own a home or rent, you can always stand to save some money! Saving energy and money are easier than you think. Here are some simple solutions to make your home more energy smart and save you some dough–and you can get these done on a shoestring budget:
1. Install a programmable thermostat.
The average household spends approximately 50% of their energy bill on heating. Programmable thermostats are inexpensive and are ideal for people who are away
from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
2. Turn off lights when they are not in use.
By turning lights off when not in use you can save approximately 10% to 20% of your total household energybill.
3. Switch to compact florescent bulbs.
Trade them out for the compact florescent ones you can take with you. These are inexpensive to purchase and can save a household up to $400 per year. If you are a renter you can simply save the old bulbs and when you move, swap
4. Unplug power adapters and battery chargers.
These devices that have become ubiquitous in our lives use a lot of energy on a regular basis. Use them when you need them and then unplug them or turn them off at a switch. One way to make this process easier is to plug all those devices into a power strip which can be turned on or off with the turn of a switch. Save approximately $270 a year by simply unplugging your stuff while you’re not using it, or buying some inexpensive power strips that stop the flow of electricity when a device is turned off.
5. Change your heater’s air filter.
At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter slows down air flow and makes the system work harder to keep you warm–wasting energy and costing you more money to run.
Install inexpensive winterization strips where possible around doors and windows. Or place a rolled up towel under drafty doors or windows to stop air from flowing freely into your house.
Are you sold on saving energy and money? The six ideas listed above are all simple ones and can be done by owners or renters. After making these simple changes you stand to make a big dent in your monthly expenses.
What have you done to make your home more energy efficient and save money?