In this economy, the majority of us cannot afford to be wasteful. Every penny counts; aside from earning more income, the key to making more money is by saving what you already have. In this regard, a great place to start is at home sweet home. There are many ways you can cut back on your heating and cooling costs, a number of which can be done without spending a dime. Many homeowners tend to think that making a home energy-efficient requires money, but this is only partly true. While buying quality windows and doors and adding insulation to your walls and attic will certainly improve reduce your energy usage, there are alternative ways to do so as well that are just as effective.
For instance, did you know that far too many people have their thermostats set to inappropriate temperatures? If not, you probably also aren’t aware of the fact that by just turning the dial down one degree, you could be potentially saving hundreds of dollars in the long run. The crazy thing is that this only takes one second to do; do you know of any other ways to make $100 in a second? That’s what we thought; bear in mind too that your thermostat is one small factor. There are plenty of other tips to go around. So if you want to stop being wasteful and start saving more of your hard-earned income, it’s about time you started being smarter about your energy usage. It is never too late to wise up about energy-efficiency, so let this article be a helpful introductory guide.
Saving the Money the Right Way; How to Lower Your Energy Usage
- Dress appropriately; if the weather outside is freezing; there is no reason why you should be walking around inside your home in a t-shirt and boxers. The golden rule of thumb is to adjust your body to the house, not the house to your body. Cranking the thermostat up to 74 (even 72) is an unnecessary and costly. Too many people are unaware of the fact that they can comfortably live in a house that is 65 degrees, so long as they wear the right amount of layers. In this respect, socks are very important, as the body loses the most heat from its extremities.
- Use fans to your advantage; while they do little to heat or cool rooms, fans are great for making you feel comfortable. This complements the temperature adjustment tip.
- Wash your clothes in cold water and use a clothes line to dry them if possible. You will probably be surprised at how much money you save from doing this alone.
- Don’t use the heated-dry option on your dishwasher; this wastes energy.
- Unplug devices you aren’t using; electronics still draw energy even when turned off.
- Keep your HVAC system maintained; keeping vents free of dust will improve airflow, as will changing out the filter regularly.
- Install energy-efficient light bulbs and take advantage of natural light whenever possible.