Now more than ever consumers are looking for ways to save energy in their homes. Greener homes are not only more environmentally friendly but can also greatly reduce utility bills. The average household spends about $2,200 on energy bills, but with a few simple adjustments, consumers can lessen their impact on the environment and save themselves some green as well!
- Seal your home! Use caulk and weather stripping to seal in air so that cool air cannot escape and heat stays inside.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
- Take steps to save water. By installing aerators on your faucets, you can cut your annual water consumption in half.
- Use energy efficient lighting. LED light bulbs use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer.
- Solar, wind or even hydroelectric power can reduce greenhouse emissions and harness the capabilities of renewable fuels.
- Completely unplug off your appliances! 75 percent of energy used to power an appliance is consumed while the appliance is turned off. Use a power strip to make unplugging easier.
- Spray-foam insulation can benefit older homes by cutting heating bills in half. Spraying open areas like attics or crawlspaces can also reduce mold growth and even prevent some pests from entering your home.
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