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How to Effectively Save Money and Energy at Home

Every home needs some kind of energy to provide comfort to its habitants. Energy, in any form, isn’t free. The formula is simple: “The more energy you consume, the more you pay”. Still, this is not a reason to be desperate as there are lots of ways to save your money by saving energy, without lowering the comfort you are used to have.

Large energy consumption is mostly the consequence of two things: energy leaks and use of energy that is not needed at a particular moment. First of all, you have to inspect your house to see potential energy leaks and the moment you seal them, you will start saving money.

Let’s start from house lighting

Keeping your house lit well surely has influence on the sense of comfort you have. Distinguish decoration lights from the lights needed for everyday life. Instead of using conventional light bulbs for decoration lights, you can use CFL (compact fluorescent light bulb) or LED based light bulbs which uses less energy while having the same effect. For instance, install the light with movement sensors in front of your garage door to provide the light only when needed, in this case when you are approaching the garage. Turn off the lights that you don’t need at any specific moment. When your electrical bill arrives you will be surprised how big an influence a single light spot has had on your overall expenses.

Home appliances

Next thing that you have to be aware of is the amount of energy that is spent on home appliances needed for everyday life. Most modern appliances have the so called “stand by” mode of operation. Even though it seems that they don’t consume any energy, it’s actually quite the opposite. This phenomenon is known as “phantom load”. After knowing this, the only solution is to turn off completely any appliance that isn’t used. If it’s too complicated for you to turn off every appliance separately, you can always plug them into a power strip, and turn them off easily by unplugging the power strip only.

Laundry machines, dryers and your dishwasher consume a large amount of energy. The most basic thing is to load them efficiently. Filling up the laundry machine with as many articles as it is possible doesn’t mean you are doing anything efficient. Wet laundry takes less space than the dry one, so if it seems that there is enough space in dryer for hot air to flow and dry the laundry it doesn’t have to be true.

If you put too much laundry into the dryer, laundry may prevent the flow of hot air as it dries and occupies more space, so you’ll have to dry the laundry twice. Read the user’s manual for the dishwasher and load the dishwasher as it’s recommended by the manufacturer. This will provide maximum washing effect with less energy consumption. And, remember to lower the heating temperature whenever it is possible. Modern detergents are efficient on lower water temperatures.

Heating and cooling

Depending on the climate you are living in, major part of your monthly bills is energy used for heating or cooling. Whether you have high end ventilation and air-conditioning system or any other kind, you have to do two things. First of them being to find and seal any cracks on your house walls, no matter whether they are on the inside or outside of the house. Wall cracks tend to be the most common energy leak spots. Second, you have to keep your vents open and clean to ease the air flow. It will help your air-conditioning system to reach the desired temperature.

Beside repairing and sealing wall cracks, you may think of your house insulation. Even though the cost of insulating your house on the outside isn’t cheap, it pays off on the long run and in very short period of time – you’ll be getting lower energy bills month after month. Having rugs on your floor is very important. They keep your floors from cooling and improve your house insulation which lowers energy needed for heating the house. Not to mention having rugs means your feet will never be cold, and therefore – you’ll hardly ever catch those terrible winter colds!

Consider our advice and think of other things too that can help in lowering overall energy consumption will save you significant amount of money every month.

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 Diana Smith, the author of this article is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls.
Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.

 

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