Homeowners who are looking for ways to save some extra money need to understand that the best place to start is at home. Since most people tend to spend the most of their time at their homes, then it only makes sense for them implement money and energy saving tactics to make their places more energy efficient. Here are some great suggestions that can make any place a more energy efficient house.
Change Your Laundry Habits
Start washing smaller loads. Stop overloading your washing machine with clothes because your too lazy to sort them out. Doing so is only costing you more money on your bills. If you don’t want to keep spending s much time at work to earn enough money to pay your water and heating bills, start using cold water to wash your clothes too.
Use Your Window Treatments
Instead of relying so much on your thermostat and heating and cooling system to make your home warmer and cooler, why not use your window treatments. When it is cold outside, open them up to allow the warm sunlight in. That way, you don’t have to turn your thermostat up so high. In the spring and summer times, close your window treatments to keep the warm light out so your home’s remains cooler. You’d be surprised at how much sunlight can increase the temperature inside of your home.
Use Power Strips
Stop leaving your electronics and appliances on when they are not in use. Turn them off before you leave out for work too. If you use power strips, you can plug up multiple things into the same outlet and flick a switch to turn them off and on at the same time. These power strips can also protect your appliances against shortages and power outages.
Lower the Hot Water Temperature
Most people have the temperature on their hot water tanks set above 130° F by default. But that temperature is much too high for people to enjoy comfortably. For each degree that a hot water tank is set above 120° F, the risk of scalding and burns increases significantly. Check your hot water tank’s temperature and lower it so that it is 120° F or lower. Help your appliance to retain heat so that it doesn’t have to work as hard to generate to warm your water by using hot water tank insulation blanket.
Get an HVAC Energy Efficient House Inspection
Your heating, cooling and ventilation system is responsible for distributing warm and cool air through your home. If there are leaks anywhere in this system, you could end up sending up to 20 percent more for your home’s energy and utility bills. That’s a substantial amount of money when you think about it. Get an energy audit to find out if heating and cooling leaks are robing your home of its comfort and your wallets of its money. If they are, get them fixed and consider having some additional insulation added to replace any old and outdated insulation that is currently in place.
Change Filters Regularly
If you don’t change the air filters in your home regular, your heating and cooling appliances will work harder to provide you with the comfort you want. Make sure you check your furnace and A/C filters every other month to ensure they are not dirty. Dirty filters can impede air flow to your A/C and furnace and make it harder for them to maintain temperatures.
For more recommendations on how to make your place an energy efficient house, contact Harsin Energy Services at (214) 308-1125.