Are you looking for ways to save energy and save money on household energy bills? There is a mountain of information from nearly every major media outlet touting the purchase of products to make your home more energy efficient and same money on energy and utility bills in the process. This can be over whelming. There are simple strategies you can take without spending a bundle on products. Follow these basic recommendations from the home energy experts and you’ll soon be saving energy and money.
- Check the seals on all of your windows on the interior and exterior. It’s often a simple solution to apply new weather stripping at the close of the window and fresh caulk to the sills and window frames to keep warm and cool air from escaping.
- No doubt you have many appliances in your home with LCD screens. While this may appear to be a minor use of energy, keeping these small appliances plugged in continuously drains energy. This is especially the case for larger appliances that are only used seasonally. Consider unplugging your second garage or basement refrigerator if it is only used seasonally.
- For every degree the thermostat is turned down in the winter, a substantial amount of energy can be saved. Put on a sweater or enjoy an extra blanket at night and lower your thermostat. The same process can be applied in the summer. Turn the thermostat up one degree for the air conditioning and run whole house fans and ceiling fans to create additional air movement. These small steps can result in tremendous savings.
- Consider using a slow cooker for meals instead of running the oven for extended periods of time. Slow cookers consume far less energy than ovens Check out the great deals offered by Groupon coupons and enjoy the selection of slow cookers at BassPro.
- Have your roof inspected on the exterior and from the attic. Check on the quality and density of insulation. Heat escaping through the rood is equivalent to heating the great outdoors. Call in a roofing expert for this evaluation and eventual insulation installation.
- Change the filters in your air return vents every three months. Build-up of dust and debris hampers air flow and as a result forces your HVAC system to work harder. Vacuum area around the filters and replace filters.
- If you have a crawl space or basement, keep the vents open to allow air to circulate and prevent moisture from accumulating. Moisture can seriously damage HVAC systems.
Following these simple steps can save a bundle in energy costs. It will also address any major deferred maintenance items that are looming. Enjoy your savings!