Investing in energy-saving devices like programmable thermostats and ENERGY STAR® qualified products can save you money over the long run. Home energy efficiency also helps you do your part to protect the environment. This guide provides easy and inexpensive projects that can help reduce your home's energy costs.
An investment in energy saving devices and products can save you money:
If you don't already have fans, installing them helps save energy and beautifies your home, which ultimately adds value.
Ceiling fans can help you save on energy costs year-round since they allow you to adjust your thermostat accordingly when they're running.
Insulate your water heater with a water heater blanket. For a small investment, you can significantly reduce the amount of heat lost by the unit, particularly if it is located in an unheated area.
Lower your water heater's thermostat setting to 120°F. Using a water heater timer lets you configure the appliance to your water usage schedule.
Do your water pipes pass through an unheated area? Wrapping your pipes is another inexpensive way to conserve energy.
Insulating your pipes can help prevent them from freezing, prevent hot-water pipes from losing heat and prevent cold-water pipes from sweating and creating moisture problems.
Changing furnace filters conserves energy. Most furnace filters are inexpensive, disposable and easy to replace.
For optimal performance replace your furnace filter monthly. If you use the more expensive disposable filters designed to filter out allergens and extremely small particles, replace at least every three months.
Self-charging electrostatic filters that require no electricity are also available. Clean these filters by rinsing once a month.
Make sure your filter is inserted properly. You will find an arrow printed on the filter frame. The arrow tells you which side of the filter faces the furnace and which side faces the air duct.
Heat lost through windows and doors represents a significant chunk of most heating bills. Here are some ways to put that money back in your pocket:
A fireplace can rob your house of heat. Fortunately, there are solutions that allow you to enjoy your fireplace while minimizing heat loss. Here are some energy-saving tips:
Smart Home products are not only incredibly convenient, they also reduce energy consumption, saving you money: