You might assume that making your home energy efficient requires a lot of
time and money, but generally that's not the case. Often small fixes can have a
big impact on your heating, cooling, and other utility bills. Here are some easy
things you can do to make your home more efficient right now:
Tip #1: Don't turn that dial
Keep your thermostat set at one
temperature and leave it! In the winter around 68 degrees should be right, and
75 degrees in summer (in homes with a cooling system, of course). Avoiding
constant adjustments will keep your energy bills stable.
Tip #2: Stop the drip-drips
Leaky showerheads and faucets are
hard-to-miss energy wasters. Toilets that run can also cost you on your water
bill. The majority of required repairs are covered in the most basic
Tip #3: Go fluorescent
While compact fluorescent light bulbs
cost more than the standard incandescent bulbs that you're used to, they last up
to five times longer and use only a quarter of the electricity. Many of these
bulbs last over five years, and each energy-saving fluorescent bulb will save
you $40 to $60 on your electric bill over the course of its lifetime.
Tip #4: Watch that fireplace
Energy can really leak out of that
fireplace. Check the dampers and screens to make sure that energy isn't leaking
when the fireplace is not in use. If the fireplace is just for decoration, cover
the chimney. A well maintained fireplace should be an economical way to heat
your house and add a warm atmosphere as well.
Tip #5: Keep those appliances humming
Clean air conditioning
and furnace filters frequently, and have your appliances inspected once a year.
Efficient appliances lower energy bills and future repair costs.
Tip #6: Windows that waste
Windows are the most common energy
waster. Make sure that all the weather-stripping is in good condition, and
consider double-paned windows and storm shutters to reduce the energy drain.
Hopefully these ideas help you create a more energy efficient home. Energy
efficiency is not only an important part of conservation; it's also a great way
to save money. More homeowners tips are available on my website. If you have any
questions about your home, I'm only a phone call away.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Re/Max Palm Realty, Port Charlotte, FL, email@example.com