How can you make your home more energy efficient

Household energy saving options

 

Hopefully you are in the habit of turning off your lights when you leave a room, setting thermostats correctly, and unplugging your coffee machine, kettle and toasters when not in use. Here are few more suggestion to reduce your energy bills and make your lifestyle a little bit more greener.

Plant trees in your yard – by planting trees and tall shrubs in your yard will have multiple positive effects on your energy bill. Trees not only provide shade and blocks direct sunlight in the summer, it also  helps to hold the warmth in the winter. In addition, trees block wind and further help to keep your home warm.

Improve lighting in the hallways – If you leave your doors open to hallways will help to improve the airflow throughout your home and, in turn, improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

Stock up and fill your freezer – You might not be aware but a freezer operates more efficiently when it is full. So you have two choices, either consume the few items you have or stock up on some great deals at any bulk sales stores and reduce your power usage.

Place motion detectors on your porch – Most us are in the habit of leaving our porch lights on for family members especially in winter when it get dark earlier. Reduce the energy bill and invest in a motion detector lights on your porch which will then provide available light when needed and help to avoid wasting electricity the rest of the time.

Use cold water in your laundry and hang your clothes – When you use warm or hot water to do your laundry will consume 90% more energy as compared to washing your clothes with cold water. In addition, avoid using a dryer and hang your clothes in direct sunlight to dry. You can always place your clothes in the dryer for a few minutes after they dry.

Improve the insulation of home – Make sure that your insulation around your home is up to scratch. Seal your basements, garage and external doors, and windows to stop the cold air in winter from leaking into your house, while sealing the cool air in the summer and avoid the air conditioning system from over working.

Keep in mind that every little step you take to spot energy wasting problems in your home and avoid using excess energy will in the long run reduce your electricity bills and provide you with more disposable cash for other things in your home and lifestyle. It will not only save you money but also contribute to a greener planet for all of us.

 

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