Winter is Coming
The air is chilly, the leaves are changing, and the pants and coats are no longer dusty. Winter is right around the corner. With winter we have warm fires and hot chocolates filling our homes. Winter is also a time the energy bills can skyrocket. Utilize these 7 tips to save your pockets and the environment!
The 7 Money/Energy Saving Tips
1. Air-dry and hand clean dishes
Instead of cleaning/drying dishes in the dishwasher, clean and dry by hand. Avoid turning on the dishwasher until it is absolutely full. Cycling through a wash every night is a high energy-consuming task. It’s a bit of extra work for you, but your wallet will thank you.
Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can be used to control the temperature in the home at different times of day automatically. This can save $100 a year, making the expense well worth the cost.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, which, according to the Consumer Federation of America, use up to 25 percent less energy. Replace them only when the incandescents burn out. The goal is to avoid unnecessary consumption overall.
4. No Leaks
Seal drafts with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent air leakage—this is proven to save hundreds in cooling and heating costs. Spray foam insulation can be used on the exterior of the home to seal gaps around the chimney, foundation, pipes and windows.
5. Turn Off Lights When Not in Use
Set up motion detectors, or set timers, to control lighting when not in use. Use power strips where appropriate to keep energy use to a minimum at night.
6. Your Water Heater
Turn down the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Water heaters, the CFA reports, are the second-highest energy consumers in homes. Turning down the thermostat on them by a few degrees can significantly reduce their energy use.
Conduct an energy audit. Many utilities companies offer free energy audits, which is a type of inspection that reveals the most energy-consuming (and costly) aspects in the home.
Energy costs account for a considerable amount of every homeowner’s budget. According to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the average annual utility costs are $2,200. Trimming that expense, even by a few dollars, can save hundreds each year—and save the environment from the effects of excess consumption. That is a win-win!
Courtesy of Ellen G. Shaikun, Broker Associate, email@example.com
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Parks and Weisberg, Realtors®
Source: Consumer Federation of America (CFA)
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