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Ways To Be Energy Efficient At Home This Year

Saving energy isn’t just about being environmentally friendly and saving the planet. It has plenty of real-life practical applications as well. For example, when you’re energy efficient in your home, you’ll find you can save money on electricity and heating. You’d be surprised how those savings can add up with just a few changes to your home and your lifestyle. Here are four ways you can make your home more energy efficient this year.

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Adjust the Thermostat

Most families are used to setting the thermostat to their exact level of comfort, but adjusting it just a few degrees can save you more money and energy than you’d think. In the winter, let it be just a little chillier and wear warmer sweaters indoors. In the summer, saving on cooling costs by raising the temperature a degree or two on the thermostat.

Upgrade Your Windows

Speaking of heating and cooling costs, take advantage of your windows. With energy efficient shutters, you can reduce heat transfer and keep the temperature inside much more stable. With more energy efficient windows or shutters, your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to regulate the temperature, and you’ll find you can adjust that thermostat even further with no discomfort.

Get Energy Efficient Appliances

These can be expensive, so there’s no need to go out and replace everything in your home if you can’t afford it. If you’re in the market for some new appliances, however, look at brands like Energy Star that conserve power. Dryers and refrigerators can be energy hogs, and you’ll see the difference right away if you get a more efficient model.

Replace Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs use significantly less power than their incandescent counterparts. The next time you go shopping, pick up packs of fluorescent bulbs. Then, as your current lights need to be changed, swap out the old light bulb for a more efficient one. These will save you money on your electric bill — and you won’t have to change them out quite as often.

Run Full Dishwasher Loads

It can actually take less energy and water to run a full load in the dishwasher than it takes to wash those same dishes in the sink. The key here is that it does have to be a full load. Starting a cycle when the dishwasher is half empty means it takes twice as much water to wash the same amount of dishes.

 

Greening your home isn’t an overnight process, and sometimes it takes a little while to get used to. However, as you make your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, you’ll see the difference and be glad you took the time to make those changes.

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