Home Energy Saving Information

If you are not environmentally concerned, you should want to save on your home’s energy because you want to save money.  Every home uses the same type of energy in the same way but, some people have found the secret to using less energy.

Some of the home’s energy is consumed by heating your home.  Keep your thermostat at a constant heat.  Rather then turning up the heat when you are cold, put on a sweater or place another blanket on the bed.  This solution is better then wasting money on heat. 

You should also have your furnace checked yearly.  An improperly maintained furnace is not going to heat your home efficiently. 

Make sure that all windows and doors are properly sealed to ward off drafts.  An easy way to check for drafts is to hold and incense stick up to the edges of your windows and doors.  If the smoke is blown back, you know you have located a draft. 

You can also moisten your hand with water and try to feel the cool air on your hand when you hold it up to your windows and doors. 

You should also make sure that around electrical outlets, switch plates, baseboards, fireplace dampers, attic hatches, and wall-mounted air conditioners are free from drafts.  Make sure that there are no gaps around pipes, wires or mail slots that will allow heat to escape as well.  Saving money on your home heating bill is vital in this day in age and by taking simple steps, we can create a home that uses energy efficiently.

Another large source of a home’s energy is expended through electricity. 

Energy for lighting makes up about ten percent of your electric bill.  You should make sure that the wattage sizes of your light bulbs are appropriate for the area.  Do not use a 100 watt bulb where only a 60 or 75 watt bulb is needed. 

You should also consider changing all of your light bulbs with energy efficient ones.  These types of light bubs not only last longer then regular light bulbs, they use less wattage keeping your electricity bill low while giving off the same amount of light.  They are also cooler to the touch due to the lower wattage. 

Energy Efficient Light Bulb

Therefore you are able to use energy efficient light bulbs in a more confined space.  You can also save on electricity by altering the way you use your appliances or electronics.  Make sure that electronics are placed in the off position rather then stand by when you are not using them for a long period of time.  You can also unplug appliance when not in use to prevent the unwanted use of electricity.  Try opening the windows to allow sunlight to penetrate the room rather then turning on the lights during the day.  

There are so many solutions that homeowners can take to reduce the way that their home uses energy.  Sometimes the solutions are as simple as not leaving the refrigerator door open for too long to more complicated solutions like investing in an energy efficient heating system or solar panels

All homeowners should be aware of the way that they use energy and make adjustments where needed.  If everyone did their part, we can make a real change in the world.  

Link to ways to save your home thermal energy.