Owning a home is the “American Dream” but it doesn’t always feel that way, does it? Besides your mortgage and insurance, you have to worry about all the other bills a house comes with, like water and electricity. Saving money in this day and age has become even more of a priority. If you’ve been looking for ways that you can put more money back in your pocket, read on for a few tips on how you make some easy, energy efficient changes to your home while being a little more green.
1) Seal leaks and drafts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, sealing off drafts can save you 5 – 30 percent off your energy bill! One easy way you can test for a draft in a room is to hold a lit incense stick close to a window frame and watch the smoke. If there is a leak, get the right kind of weatherstripping material for a quick do-it-yourself project.
2) Get a programmable thermostat. We live in a technology-filled world and that world now holds programmable, or what we like to call “smart”, thermostats. With this type of technology, there’s no need to worry about constantly changing the temperature manually. These types of thermostats will “learn” your temperature control behavior and keep your home at a comfortable level year-round. These thermostats can range in price but you’re likely to recoup your money in one season!
3) Fix water leaks. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that one leaky faucet can waste 3 gallons of water per day. So, besides the constant “drip drip drip” that’s driving you crazy, it can also drive up your water bill if left unrepaired. It can be as simple as a quick tightening , but if it proves to more than that, call your plumber.
4) Go low-flow. Do you have older model toilets? If you do, they’re likely using more water than they need to. The toilets of today (never thought we’d write a sentence like that) come with a low-flow feature to reduce your water usage with every flush. The same feature is available on showerheads. You don’t have to worry about a loss of quality by going low-flow. Just sit back and enjoy the savings.
5) Look for the blue label. You know the one because we’ve mentioned it so many times before. ENERGY STAR rated appliances are meticulously reviewed to ensure their energy efficiency and energy efficient products save you money and use less energy (with an added bonus of being kinder to the environment). If you’re wondering what products are rated, visit the ENERGY STAR website.
The tips above aren’t just about saving you money and being nicer to our planet. They also have the potential to increase the value of your home. Not a bad deal!
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