Thursday, September 11, 2014, AM | 1 Comment
In a struggling economy, more people are looking to reduce the cost of common expenses and have more flexibility with their budget. Energy costs often fluctuate and can be manipulated to lower rates each month with simple changes made in the home.
For those looking to reduce their energy usage, there are several ways to cut corners with your home energy costs.
Upgrade to EnergyStar Appliances
Outdated appliances may continue to run well but are likely one of the main contributors to your energy bill.
Upgrade to EnergyStar appliances, which use up to 30 percent less energy and save $1,200 for a single appliance.
Several different government rebates are also available to households that switch to EnergyStar products.
Switch to LED Lightbulbs
Replace incandescent lighting in your home with LED bulbs, which have a longer lifespan of up to 60,000 hours compared to 10,000 hours with traditional bulbs.
Less heat is emitted from the bulbs due to less energy that is used, which will reduce the cost to run the bulbs.
Several different LED bulbs are available in hardware stores or through myledlightinguide.com.
Paint the Roof White
With temperatures rising throughout the year, more people are depending on using their HVAC systems to keep the home cool, which can accumulate to thousands of dollars annually.
Reduce the temperature in your home by painting the roof white with elastomeric coating, which will reduce your energy usage by 40 percent.
Air Dry Clothes
Dryers are one of the most costly appliances to run and can be avoided by drying your clothes on a line in the backyard during the warmer seasons.
This step can save up to $196 per year with 7.5 loads air dried each week.
Reduce the Temperature on the Water Heater
Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees from 140 degrees, which can be done in a matter of seconds and will reduce heat standby and demand loss that occurs each month.
This will save an average of $500 in savings each year.
When looking for ways to reduce the cost of energy in your home, there are practical steps to take to lower your bill without large sacrifices needed.
By making the small changes, it can save hundreds to thousands of dollars annually while also reducing your home’s carbon footprint.Facebook.com/doable.finance
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