Going Green

What is better than saving money?  Saving money and helping to protect our planet! In this post we will be looking at some of the best tips for conserving energy in your home. Our last post “Winterizing Your Home” gave you tips for saving money during the winter months. We are now going to look at some tips that you can utilize throughout the year.

1.Install a programmable thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to automatically adjust your homes temperature to your schedule. There is no need to have your heater on when you are not home; the same thing goes for your air conditioner. It’s easy, in our crazy busy lives to forget to turn such things off. So having your thermostat programmed to your schedule removes the burden of having to remember to switch the heater off and could save you money in the process.

 

2.Replace inefficient light bulbs with energy efficient ones.

According to the U.S Department of Energy, by replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs you can save on average $50 a year. This is one simple task that can save you money in the long run. When choosing what to replace those inefficient bulbs with you have several options. Those options include:

 

3.ENERGY STAR® labeled appliances

When buying or replacing household appliances it is important to consider two things: what the retail value of the appliance is and what it is going to cost you to run them. When shopping make sure that you look for the logo and the Energy Guide label.

 

The ENERGY STAR® Logo

The ENERGY STAR logo is on all qualified products that meet specific standards for energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR-qualified products exceed the federal minimum standards for efficiency and quality—sometimes significantly. Look for the label on appliances, electronics, water heaters, windows, and other products that consume energy in your home.

How to Read the Energy Guide Label

The Energy Guide label is required to be placed on all appliances by the manufacturers. The                        label provides information about energy consumption, and shows you how much energy an appliance uses compared with similar models. Keep in mind that the numbers are averages: actual costs will differ somewhat depending on how you use them.

 

 

 

 

 

4.Use Power Strips

Although you may make sure to turn your home electronics off when you are not using them that may not stop them from using energy. The energy that is used when an electronic is turned off is called a “vampire load.” In order to stop this form of wasted energy you will have to unplug the item. An easy way to do this is by getting and using power strips. This allows you to plug the electronic into the power strip and instead of having to unplug the item you can simply switch the power strip off.

 

5.Solar Power

Installing solar panels is one way to utilize renewable energy. There are many things to consider when thinking about installing panels. It’s very important that you work with a professional in order to get a system that is right for your home and your needs. Although that cost of installing can be quite high, the savings in the long run will more than make up for it.

 

These are just of few of the best tips for making your home more energy efficient over all. Utilizing even one of these tips will save you and your family money and will help to protect our environment.