10 Tips To Help You Save Home Energy

Dated: 02/04/2015

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Before you spend money on the latest energy-efficient gizmo that's supposed to save you money let's look at some energy saving ideas that will really help you save home energy. The strategies that we will look at maximize the effort you put in and help reduce your home energy consumption.


First sit down and think about all the different ways you and your family uses energy around the house. Now put an approximate type and cost of energy used. You may have trouble breaking down the cost but try to do it. Now all you have to do is find ways to save on your resources at the same time cutting your costs. You may have to think creatively but it can be done.


So here are some valuable tips to get you started:


- Turn the lights off when you're not using them. This is really simple and easy to do. Do you really need your bathroom light on when you are watching television in the family room? Do you randomly leave lights on when you leave the house? Do you even need more than one light on in a room for what you are doing? Believe it or not it makes a big difference.


- Turn all electronics and other appliances off when you're not using them. No one can do everything at the same time. Can you really listen to a radio, watch television, and use your laptop all at the same time?  Being a Realtor...I have done this way too many times in the past.


- Set your thermostat down a couple of degrees in winter or up in summer to conserve energy. And dress appropriately indoors for the time of year it is. For instance in winter, put on a sweater or some extra clothing, or may snuggle under a blanket to stay toasty.  During the summer months, wear less, lighter clothing and stay cooler naturally.


- Do regular maintenance on your appliances. Keeping them clean means they don't have to work as hard. Changing filters reduces the energy needed to accomplish a task. Regular care will also mean any maintenance bills that you might come up against may well be cheaper.


- Only turn an appliance on when you have a full load. This is true especially for the washing machine, dryer and including the dishwasher. It is amazing how much extra energy is consumed doing multiple small loads in comparison to one full load.


- Be careful how you use your water. Like when brushing your teeth or washing your hands, use only the water you need. Don't let the water run the entire time. Also, try and use less water if you take a bath, or control your shower times.  I know I am guilty of prolonged "warming up the shower water".


- Simply let your hair air dry, instead of using a blow drier every day.


- Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees F.


Don't forget the bigger projects we have outlined below:


- Seal the cracks around your doors and windows. You are paying for your hot air that escapes through cracks all around your house. You need to make sure you are doing all you can to keep the warm air inside your house.  Didn't your parents tell you that they weren't paying to heat the outside!


- You also need to check your house's insulation. Though this has been done by many homeowners nevertheless you still need to do it before you pass it over. It is probably the biggest thing in reducing heating costs.  A little extra insulation can be a major difference.


Now some of these things may seem trivial to you but let me assure you that even the small things add up over time. And really most of them you won't even notice the difference to your life except your bills.


These tips and suggestions will make your home more affordable, and take some strain off of our world's resources. Just think if all of us would just made a few of these changes to how we do things on a daily basis it would make a huge difference.  

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David Nelson

2016 Associate of the Year - RE/MAX Advantage Plus 2016 Platinum Award winner - Individual 2016 Titan Award - Imperial Home Team Twin Cities Real Estate Agent of the Month - December 2016 Member of th....

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