As the Winter approaches, now is a great time to start thinking about how you can make your home more energy efficient. Many homeowners are put off the idea because they believe that doing so is expensive, but this really needn’t be the case.
Though new windows would certainly lower your energy bills, they are not the only option. Should you be looking to cut your energy costs this Winter, here are seven ways that you can make your home more energy efficient without spending a fortune.
CFL light bulbs are not expensive and they take about ten seconds to install. They also happen to use seventy five percent less energy than traditional light bulbs while lasting up to twelve times longer.
If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, they are therefore the logical first step. Estimates suggest that a single CFL light bulb can save you up to thirty five dollars during its lifetime. Switch ten light bulbs and those savings can really add up.
As you are likely aware, most electrical devices don’t stop consuming energy until they’ve been plugged out of the wall. Despite the fact that most homeowners are aware of this fact, many don’t bother to do so.
Power strips allow you to plug out up to ten devices with a click of a single switch. They are not only convenient, they will lower your energy bills.
Rather than leave your heating on when you’re going to sleep, use a programmable thermostat to have it turn on automatically an hour before you get up. Programmable thermostats can be purchased for as little as a hundred dollars but over time, they can save you significant sums of cash.
If you can’t afford to purchase a tankless water heater, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make your existing water heater more energy efficient. By adding insulation to your tank, you can expect to lower your energy bill by up to forty dollars per year.
Out of all the appliances in your kitchen, your fridge is the most expensive in terms of energy consumption. In fact, in the average kitchen, the fridge uses more energy than all other appliances combined.
To cut the amount of energy that your fridge uses, all you need to do is clean it’s coils. They are located both underneath and behind your fridge. Should you be wondering how to clean them, just head to your local home store and ask for a coil cleaner.
If any of your hot water taps make that annoying dripping sound, you can benefit from fixing them in more ways than one. Not only will doing so stop that god awful noise, it’ll also lower your energy bills.
Most home owners are surprised to learn just how much those drops can add up. Over the course of a week, a dripping tap usually wastes an entire baths worth of water.
Replacing your windows and doors is an expensive undertaking but the same can not be said about fixing any drafts they may have. To find out whether or not there are any drafts in your home, simply light a candle and guide it along the corners of your windows and exterior doors.
If the flame moves, it’s time to head to your local home store. To effectively seal a draft, use caulk or a weather strip.