Are you looking on ways to save on your energy bill or ways to start living greener? Here are low-cost changes you can make to reduce your energy waste.
Do an Energy Audit
Before you blindly make upgrades, find out how much energy your home uses and where it uses more energy than it should. You can have a professional energy audit done or you can do it yourself by diligently walking through the house and spotting any problems.
Insulate Your Home
Good insulation will help keep heat inside in winter and outside during the summer. This will allow you to rely less on appliances for heating and cooling. The attic and ceilings are key places for insulation but floors and walls key too.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Adjusting your thermostat even by one degree can make a different in the amount of energy your home uses. In winter, turn it down three or four degrees when you’re going out or headed to work.
Choose Lighter Paint Colors
Lighter paint colors for interiors not only make rooms look larger but also reflect light. This will allow your home to rely less on artificial lighting. For your home’s interior and exterior, they are a great way to reflect sunlight and keep your house cool.
Install Low-Flow Showerheads
The average homeowner can save about $170 a year with small changes to their water usage. Installing low-flow shower heads improves your home’s water efficiency. Most shower heads use 5 gallons per minute while the low-flow rate is less than 2.5 gallons per minute.
Replace Incandescent Bulbs
LED and CFL light bulbs use less energy than incandescent bulbs. When you switch to more energy-efficient options also consider the wattage. In rooms that you use less often or that you don’t want to be bright, install bulbs with lower wattage to save even more money and energy.
Unplug Unused Chargers
Cellphone and battery chargers that are plugged in but not being used are taking in unnecessary energy. One charger along will not make an impact, but collectively they can be responsible for 10% of your energy bill. So, unplug your chargers when not in use.
Homeowners who take the initiative to make these changes usually discover that the energy savings are more than worth the effort.
New homes and appliances are typically more energy efficient than older homes. If you are looking for a new home to save a lot of money annually call us at Dobyns Realty! We are here to help you find your dream home.