10 Home Energy Tips
Easy to implement home energy tips that can save you a ton of money.
As home owners and care takers we are always on the look-out for information that will serve us and the people we work for better. The other day we stopped at an Extension office to ask some local plant questions. While in the office I picked up a flyer on Home Energy I thought you might be interested in as well.
By the way, your local Extension office is where you can find research-based information from America’s land-grant universities enabled by eXtension.org. Visit their website to find resources for your community, home, garden, energy, environment, health and nutrition, pest management and even bee keeping. Scroll down to learn about our ten quick tips and easy DIY projects to save energy in your home. They will save you a lot of money over time.
10 Home Energy Tips To Save You Money
Tip #1 – Find and stop air leaks around doors and windows. Use caulk or rubber weatherstrips and don’t forget to seal duct leaks as well.
Tip #2 – Use fluorescent and/or natural lighting whenever possible.
Tip #3 – In summer, set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible and use fans as much as you can. Press the forward button to set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise. Press the reverse button to set your fan to spin clockwise for the fall and winter. In the summer you want to bring the warm air up, and in the winter you bring the warm air down.
Tip #4 – Service your heating and cooling equipment annually and change filters often. Have your duct work professionally cleaned about every 5 – 7 years.
Tip #5 – Heat rises so add attic insulation if necessary and fill all cracks between the living area and your attic with caulk or expanding foam. When adding additional insulation, you do not have to use the same type of insulation that currently exists in your attic. You can add loose fill on top of fiberglass batts or blankets, and vice-versa.
Tip #6 – Buy Energy Star labeled products. EnergyGuide labels are part of the federal government’s Energy Star program, which helps consumers choose products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Rebates and recycling programs by local utility companies and government tax incentives can also help to lower the upfront cost of new energy-efficient products.
Tip #7 – Insulate your hot water heater with an insulation blanket if it feels warm to the touch and insulate your water pipes to reduce heat loss.
Tip #8 – Landscape your yard for summer shade, winter sun and windbreaks. A backyard sun shade sail helps to keep your home cool in the summer and protects you from the suns harmful UV rays.
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Tip #9 – Turn off appliances, electronics and equipment when not in use. Even the little light on a radio will add up over time.
Tip #10 – Think energy savings and conduct a DIY energy audit or hire a local professional.
As care takers we always thrive to improve the properties we care for and you should do the same for your home.
We hope the home energy tips to save money outlined in this article will get you started toward a more energy efficient home.
By utilizing the 10 home energy tips that we have outlined you will not only be saving yourself money but you will also reduce your ‘carbon footprint’ on the planet. A win-win all the way around!
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