March 23, 2011
Nobody wants to spend more money than they need to.
If you’re not careful, however, lots of money can be wasted due to unnecessary energy loss. Below are some easy and effective ways to cut down on the amount of energy you use in your home.
Programmable thermostats allow you to control the temperature inside your house, whether you’re home or away. You can set different temperatures for different times depending on your comfort needs and schedule. Programmable thermostats can help you save up to 25% or more in energy costs. Additionally, for every degree you lower your temperature in the winter or raise it in the summer, you’ll see 2-3% in savings.
Regularly maintaining your heating and cooling system helps ensure the unit runs at peak efficiency. Unexpected and costly repairs can mostly be avoided with regular tune-ups and maintenance. Professional maintenance makes sure the unit and all the components are running smoothly and efficiently.
Using low-flow toilets and showerheads can help you save a significant amount on your water bill by reducing the amount of water you use with each flush or shower. Low-flow toilets flush at around 1.6 gallons per flush. Compared to older varieties that flush as much as 5-8 gallons, the savings can really add up. Like newer toilets, low-flow showerheads flow at an average of less than 2 gallons per minute. Older showerheads, and non-low-flow variety can expend upwards of 5-8 gallons per minute!
Solar solutions, like switching to a solar water heater, can offer a great deal in energy savings. Solar water heaters can help you save as much as 90% of the total cost of heating water in your home. Harnessing the power of the sun, a free energy source, combined with Federal tax incentives, makes saving money on water heating very easy to do.
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