Make Your Home Energy Efficient With These Tips
A lot of things run our lives.
A lot of other things run our checkbooks.
Energy use in your home shouldn't be one of them. Unless you are a secret scientist or chemist and running a secret laboratory, of course.
But if you are reading this, I bet that's not the case.
State-provided, solar, wind, a nifty off-grid arrangement - whatever it is, you can use it efficiently.
How do you do that?
Through 'simple' and effective home improvements. Some will be easy to do and others will involve investments.
Investments that will reduce your energy costs in the long run.
Here's a run-through:
Begin by replacing old appliances with energy efficient ones. The refrigerator, dishwasher, freezer, dehumidifier and more. Consider unplugging the water cooler and find alternatives.
As for media equipment like the TV, computer and related accessories, upgrade, replace or unplug them. They could all very easily use much less power if you make changes.
'Unplug when not in use' is a good everyday mantra to work with.
You'll need some major changes to tame the biggest energy guzzlers: air conditioning and heating. Replace room AC units, old boilers, your roof, old windows, skylights, your furnace and older heat pump. To avoid losing heated or cooled air, consider sealing your windows and outlets. It's also a good idea to wrap air duct connections with duct mastic and ot add insulation to your attic, walls and basement.
When it comes to lighting, there are a few things you can do. Replace those light strings from last decade- make Christmas energy efficient. Replace old ceiling fans. Swap old incandescent light bulbs for CFL's. Consider using LED lighting too.
These tips could allow you save a lot of dollars depending on how your situation is at the moment.
Why don't you speak to your handyman to get things started?
Source: The Sequitur