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Top 10 Ways to Conserve Energy In Your Home
Nowadays saving money and the natural environment is the name of the game. Home owners everywhere are trying to find ways to keep their dollars in their bank accounts and energy conservation is probably the most productive way to do that. Here are a few tips to help the planet and your wallet stay green.
1. The Thermostat Is Your Bestie
Don't set your thermostat and walk away. Try cooling your home to 78 degrees with the fan on auto. Planning on being away for an extended time? It's a good thing your sofa doesn't sweat. Go ahead and nudge it up to 82 degrees for those long go-aways. When you return home, open windows to let the warmer air exit first before lowering the thermostat to cool the home. A harder working unit burns more dollars.
2. Every Star Has Fans
You're a superstar so let your fans help you stay cool. Your ceiling fans that is. They do a terrific job of circulating the air in each major room to help take the load off of the air conditioner. Be careful not to allow them to stay on all the live long day. They require electricity as well and it can add up quickly. When you leave the room, turn that fan off. An empty room requires no comfort.
3. Some Like It Hot
Let's not get out of hand. Check your water heater. If it's set to a temperature higher than 120 degrees, dial it down a notch. Not only is this infinitely safer (especially if there are children in the home), this will save money on your electric bill monthly. Hot water is the goal; not being able to cook hot dogs under the faucet. Save money here and prevent burns. The win-win.
4. Let Your A/C Breathe
Have you ever tried to breathe with a congested nose? It takes a lot more effort than if you were breathing freely. Imagine this is the way your air conditioner feels when the filter is rarely (or never) changed. All of the dust and debris builds to prevent air from flowing freely which puts double or triple the work on your unit. The harder it works to breathe, the more you'll pay for it.
5. Drafts Are For Sports, Not Windows
Be sure to walk around to every single window in your home and, with them closed, put your face next to it. The skin on your face is much more sensitive than your hands (more nerve endings) and you'll be able to feel even the slightest draft more easily. This is an old (free) test that can readily tell you if you need to look into caulking or maybe even replacing the windows altogether. If air is coming in, it means your dollars are flying out.
6. Don't Overfill The Washing Machine
Rule number one would be to only wash full loads. Try and refrain from washing just a pair of socks if you can. That is a waste of water and you'll pay for it mightily in the end. When you have a full load, assess if you actually need to use the Ôlarge' load setting versus the Ômedium' or even the small. The bottom line is only use as much water as you need. Excess water does nothing more than burn a hole in your bank account.
7. Time Your Dryer
There's a such thing as Ôoverdrying' your clothes. At a certain point, they are simply no longer damp. If you have your dryer running off the timer, once they reach that point it's simply going to keep going and going and going. Not only can that shrink your garments, but, it'll drive your energy bill through the roof. Always use the timer function on the dryer and if the clothes are still damp when it expires, simply reset it accordingly. For dryers without that function, be sure to check often and stop the dryer once it's done its job.
8. Stop Neglecting the Lint Filter
Speaking of dryers, they need to breathe as well. Similar to the air conditioning using, it pulls air in to accomplish its goal. Because of this, it needs a clean lint filter. Check this frequently especially after loads of non-whites and denims as they usually expel more lint than other loads. By doing something as simple as taking two seconds to wipe the lint filter, your dryer will run more efficiently and your money will thank you for it.
9. Take It Easy on the Pool Pump
Nothing says you need to allow your pool pump to run 24 hours a day with no rest. Taking that route, you might as well make a pile of money and burn it. Be resourceful about when you run your pump and remember that outside temperatures dictate when it's most needed. The general rule of thumb is to run the pool pump an average of six hours per day in the summer and only four hours per day in the winter. That is, unless you fancy a swim in single digit temperatures.
10. Turn It All Off
This is the simplest tip of them all, yet, the most neglected. Leave a room? Turn the lights and the television off. Leaving home? Turn everything off and dial up the thermostat. A person-less room has no need for lights and your recliner isn't watching Seinfeld. So do yourself a favor and kill the power when it's not needed and your savings will come alive.
A Penny Saved Is a Down Payment Earned
Think about it this way, every penny you save is another that you can put towards the new home purchase that you're in the market for. If you're selling the home, those funds can be saved towards helping to stage it with impressing the buyer in mind. No matter how you slice it, saving both energy and money keep your life "green". At Nick Squared, we have a lot of experience in assisting our clients with ideas on how to improve their homes to attract buyers. Contact us for a free home evaluation.