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Saving Household Energy

We Give Advice and Simple Tips on Saving Household Energy

People have a lot of reasons for adopting a green lifestyle, but saving money is somewhere on the list. The costliest energy unit in your home is your furnace so that should be kept running efficiently. Heating the house accounts for 60% of home energy consumption. You should make an effort to have the furnace filters replaced every few months so that it works efficiently. A better option may be to get a reusable filter, and then regularly just wash it. While these filters are costly in the beginning, you will save more in the long run. You can increase the energy efficiency of your furnace by as much as 50% with only a few minutes of cleaning it.

A lot of energy is wasted when everyone is sleeping so it’s wise to get a programmable thermostat. Being able to set the temperature a couple of degrees lower, when the house is empty, will save energy and money too. If you obtain an insulation blanket for your hot water heater, you can save money as well. These blankets are not difficult to find and are not hard to install. The fiberglass blanket holds heat in saving the water tank from consuming more energy to heat water.

Another choice is to use a tankless hot water system. It’s something to consider if you are thinking to replace your aged hot water tank. This system is terrific as it only heats water when you need it. The tankless system uses less energy thus you’ll be saving up to 50% off your energy costs. You also have the option of keeping cool natural which saves you money and energy. You can save money in the summer if you get a ceiling fan and keep the sunlight out of your place. You should set your AC at 75 degrees and just go colder if it is getting overly hot in your home.

Another thing that you can do that costs some money in the beginning but will save in the long haul is replacing your incandescent light bulbs. By using compact fluorescent bulbs, you can save as much as 75% in energy consumption and these bulbs will last ten times longer. Not only are you going to you save money, but CFLs are not going to fill up the landfills. Changing just five of the lightbulbs can save you $30 every year. The simplest thing that everyone can do, is simply flip off the lights when you don’t need them. Most of us are guilty of doing this, so if we all changed, a lot of electrical energy would be saved.

If people make it a habit to flip the lights off every time they leave the room, then they can do it for all electronic gadgets.

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