Whether or not economic times are harsh, it's always a good idea to save energy around the house. Saving energy will not only put a little extra cash back in your pocket, but it can also help the environment, as well as make your life a lot more comfortable. Having said that, here's what you need to do to save energy at home.
Things You'll Need
- Fluorescent Bulbs
- High Performance Faucets
- Programmable Thermostat
- Good Practice
First you want to replace all the light bulbs around your house with fluorescent energy saving ones. This will cost you a little bit more than, using regular bulbs, but you will definitely see the results on the long run (which is really not too far ahead, just make sure you don't cut corners by only replacing a few).
Next, you want to replace the heads on all the faucets around the house with high performance ones (they manage to use less water by pumping air bubbles in along with the stream). These are very effective at keeping your water bills low. Along with these, you want to make sure you only use water when absolutely needed, and also remember to avoid overly long showers (a five to seven minute shower should be plenty of time -practice).
Program your air conditioner to change the way it cools or heats the home when you're in it and when your not. The less work you make the unit make to either cool the home when it's warm or warm the home when it's cool, the less money you'll have to pay annually. Along with this step, you also want to begin practicing opening or closing curtains depending on what the weather is like outside (you want to keep your curtains closed on hot sunny days, and vice versa).
Finally, you want to educate the rest of the family members (or roommates) to exercise energy saving behavior like turning off unnecessary lights, and shutting of unnecessary water use. Soon, you'll begin to see the savings pile up.
- Photo Credit Gerardo Betancourt
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