Energy Efficiency

Everyone knows that energy efficiency is important for keeping your power costs down.
Many people don’t know how to help their energy consumption without investing lots of time, energy, and money.
 
As a result, they often don’t bother to learn simpler, easier steps to increase efficiency.

Some free Tips

Here are some tips on improving your energy efficiency, organized and listed by the different areas of your house.
 
Insulating, or upgrading the existing insulation, in your home is one of the absolute best ways to make your home more energy efficient.
 
This is especially true when it comes to heating your home, as hot air always rises.
Without proper insulation hot air rises right out of your home, leading to wasted energy.

Fans

Get a simple fan. It also helps energy efficiency by taking some of the burdens off of your air conditioning unit.
 
If you have an older refrigerator or dishwasher, it may be time to replace them.
 
Both appliances can be very big consumers of energy, and many older ones don’t meet the same energy standards and requirements that new ones do.
 
If you can’t afford to buy a refrigerator or dishwasher brand new from the store, consider looking into used, but newer, models.
 
Many families have no choice but to sell their appliances when they move, sometimes you can find fairly new units.

Cost Savings

This usually means significant cost savings to you.
The Internet and classified ads are two great places to start your search.
 
Install a thermostat and timer for your hot water heater that can be programmed.
 
Check the temperature-do you need water to be that hot, or can you sacrifice a few degrees in exchange for increased energy efficiency?

Install a Timer

Water heaters that do not run on timers are constantly using energy to keep the water at a certain temperature.
 
If you know you aren’t going to be home between certain hours of the day, then there is no need for your hot water heater to be continually heating water you are not home to enjoy.
 
With a programmable timer, you can adjust the settings to drop the temperature while you are away, and raise it back up as you start the drive back home.
 
If done correctly, you should never notice a difference in your water temperature, but you may well see energy savings in your next electric bill.