Home Energy Saving Tips

Monday, July 16, 2012

If you are trying to save money, then you might be able to start with doing a few thing at home that could help and alleviate your utility or energy bill.  By upgrading a few things in your house, or if building a new house, the following few tips might go to save you a lot of money in the long run.

Lighting

According to an estimate, 6% of the total energy consumption in an average house is spent on lighting. Thus, transferring to energy efficient home lighting is one of the best ways to reduce your energy cost instantly. Timers, motion sensors and choice of lights may help. CFL, LED, Incandescent and LED Flood lights are some easily available and cost effective choices for lighting.

Energy efficient Appliances

Did you know that older appliances can use up to 50% more energy than the new appliances on the market today?  Upgrading to newer appliances such as; refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, washer and dryer, can reduce your energy cost significantly, by simply using less electricity to run.

Insulation

Insulation consists of numerous materials such batts and rolls, loose fill, and different types of foam. Consider the following tips when choosing the type of insulation:

  • Home design, climate, and budget

  • Use materials such as spray foam for external walls

  • Consult a professional insulation installer to help you choose which type will be best for you

Air Leaks

Much energy is wasted by incoming air.  Air leaks need to be sealed to make sure that your heat is not escaping.  Follow the below tips for sealing air leaks.

  • Consult a professional and have them do an air analysis to determine if you have air

  • Weather-strip, seal and caulk windows, doors and plumbing areas that let air seep in

Following these simple tips may decrease your energy and utility bills.  It is also advised to maintain all appliances to ensure they are not wasting energy.