Every homeowner tries to find ways to save money. After all, bills can be expensive if you’re not careful. However, one of the best methods you can use to reduce payments is to make your home more energy-efficient. But, how do we do this? You have to be smart with your energy usage.
Think of it in terms of an energy diet. However, instead of counting calories, we’re counting watts. We have to make sure we monitor our energy consumption. Just as eating too much packs on the pounds, using too much energy increases the price of our energy bills. But, don’t worry. The following information will show you what you can do in order to become more efficient, and lower your payments.
How To Make Your Home Energy Efficient
In order to become more efficient, you need to understand how your bills are estimated. According to the DIY Network, and estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy, 44 percent of utility bills resulting from energy usage is heating, and cooling the home, 33 percent is attributed to lighting, and other appliances, 14 percent is due to water heating, and 9 percent comes from energy used by your refrigerator. So, it really does pay to modernize your home’s appliances.
Another way to figure out where your energy use is coming from is to do an energy audit. While many professionals will charge you for this services, some utility companies will offer the service for free. Either way, gaining the knowledge now will help save money later.
You can also purchase a programmable thermostat for your heating, and cooling, needs. This will allow you to set a particular temperature for any part of the day. As a result, it will be one less thing to think about, and you can go on with the rest of your day.
Another appliance that should be monitored is your furnace. Any one older than 1992, with a standing pilot light, may waste up to 35 percent of the used fuel. Consider replacing it with a condensing furnace that will have an efficiency rate of up to 90 percent. It could save you a lot of money on your heating bill.
But, according to Green Home Guide, there are other ways to help save money. One method is to upgrade or replace your windows. Old windows tend to allow air to pass through. You can easily block these leaks with weatherstripping. However, if the leaks are too large, or there are too many, consider replacing them with storm windows or energy-efficient models.
Reduce The Water Use
But, as Green Living Ideas tells us, reducing the water you use can also help you save on your bills. Water saving devices – such as a sensor faucet – will greatly reduce your water output. You no longer have to worry about turning off the sink. Just put your hand by the sensor, and the water will come out. When you’re done, move your hand away, and it will automatically turn off. You’ll save money, and you won’t have to wonder if you turned off your sink.
Save Energy In The Shower
Your shower time is often used to relax, and unwind. You can help yourself relax even more by replacing your shower head with an adjustable one. Doing so will allow you to control how much water comes out. Ideally, this will allow you to reduce the amount of gallons you use per minute.
Monitoring, and buying, smarter energy may be cumbersome, at first. After all, you’re trying to figure out what is causing your utility bill to go higher. However, after you get your answers, you will be able to figure out what appliances, and parts, need replacing. But, once you update them, you’ll start seeing lower bills, and more money in your pocket.
–Written by guest contributor, Uma Campbell–