There are actually several things that you can do right away that will help with efficiency of your home.
1. It is easy and fairly cheap to replace all of your lightbulbs with CFL’s which are slightly more expensive but end up saving you money on your electricity bill.
2. Make sure that your freezer is full. A large amount of energy is used to remove the heat from an empty freezer. By keeping your freezer full the appliance does not have to work as hard to keep things cool because there is less open air from which heat needs to be removed.
3. Turn off the lights when you leave a room, or unplug appliances that you are not using. Even when not in use some appliances still draw energy. Phone chargers, microwaves, or a stereo are just a few as an example. Power strips are also a good investment because you can turn on everything you need with one switch and save energy when your finished with those appliances.
4. The hot water heater is another thing that consumes a fair amount of energy. By turning the temperature down a little bit, you save money, but you will also want to make sure the pipes are properly insulated as well.
5. In the winter most of the heat lost from the house is through windows and doors. Just by making sure that windows have curtains or drapes can keep in a surprising amount of heat. There are also laminates that you can install yourself that help with the efficiency of the window if you do not have drapes or curtains. Drafty doorways can be blocked up to prevent air from escaping, keeping the house warmer.
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