As most of America already knows, this past year has been quite a roller coaster in terms of the economy. Many families are cutting back on their spending habits to reduce the costs of the home. Not many people realize that some of the best tools and tricks to save energy and reduce utility bills are lying around your house. Allow Doctor Energy Smart to share with you a few tips we found are most helpful in reducing pesky high-cost home energy bills.
- When leaving a room, make certain all lights are turned off. This can be a simple and effective approach to save energy in the household. Saving energy isnt a "all-in-one" solution, it is the cumulative result of many efficient home improvements and techniques.
- Replace any incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. CFL bulbs use seventy-five per cent less energy that ordinary incandescent bulbs.Additionally, the average Energy Star qualified CFL bulb is meant to last 8,000 hours, or 7 years at 4 hours per day. The CFL bulbs pay for themselves well before the end of your first year.
- Avoid any "standby" power usage. Many devices and electronics use a small amount of voltage even when they aren't on. To avoid this, simply *unplug any appliances or electronics taht arent being used.
- Save water by installing low flow aerators and shower heads. Repair any leaky faucets or toilets that "run-on". Running water is a large factor in your energy costs, and regulating it is a great way to cut costs even more.
- Regulate your thermostat and be more conservative. Reduce your thermostat by 5 degress (of your "usual" tempurature) in the winter and lift 5 degrees in the summertime. You’ll be amazed at how comfortably and easily your body will adapt. Make certain all heat sources are not being blocked by anything (such as furniture) and be sure to change your heating systems air filters regularly.
- Cut your home heating loss from inefficient windows. Install indoor storm window kits, which can be found at most construction/material retailers. Make certain that the plastic is thoroughly fastened around the edges of the window. Additionally, close your curtains and shades at night to reduce radiant heat loss.
- Reduce your costs for your water-heater. The water-heater thermostat should be no higher than 120 degress. Insulate your water heater if it is located in a non-insulated basement or other cold area. The savings from your first year alone will pay for this improvement.
- By implementing these easy "do it yourself" tips you can drastically reduce you home utility bills and energy costs.