We all know that home energy savings are important to reduce our carbon foot print. We often feel that we are too busy to make changes, or that these changes look like they are going to be too expensive.
Your home can be a big factor when it comes to wasted energy and therefore money. Here are some simple inexpensive steps you can take to minimize the energy waste in your house.
The first place to start is with your doors and window. If you feel a draft coming in, this is usually because there is a crack somewhere. You don’t have to do this on your own. There are many energy programs offered by your local governments, that are free.
A professional will come in and do an energy audit, checking all the doors, windows, attic and basement to make sure there are not cracks, and your home has adequate insulation. They will also check your heating and air conditioning to make sure it is functioning properly. You can also get help to cover the costs of weatherization as well.
Make sure you are doing regular maintenance checks on your heater and air conditioner. Change out the filters at least once a year, have someone come in on an annual, or semi annual basis to make sure that these appliances are running at top efficiency.
When you need to replace an appliance, make sure it is one of the Energy Star appliances, with the highest efficiency rating you can afford.
It is important that you change any old incandescent bulbs with either compact fluorescent bulbs, or even the new LED lights, this can cut energy costs from fifty to ninety-five percent in your home.
Instead of leaving your television, and computers on all night long, plug them into a power strip and turn off the power completely at night. Leaving them on standby wastes electricity.
These are just a few of the many small changes you can make.