In this day and age it is becoming more and more important to reduce energy use in order to help the environment. It may seem like a tall task, but you can do your part at home. You can reduce your home’s energy use and lower your utility bills by taking very simple, easy to do steps. Here are some suggestions for lowering your home’s energy use.
Place lights an appliances away from your thermostat
One of the ways you can save on your energy bill is to make sure TV’s or lamps are far from your home’s thermostat. Electronics and light fixtures give off large amounts of heat that can be detected by your thermostat. Keeping them away from the thermostat will prevent the thermostat to trigger and turn on your air conditioning and pointlessly using up energy.
Change to longer lasting light bulbs
Every room in your home has some sort of lighting fixture in it. To keep your energy use low when using your lights, switch from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs. CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy and they last longer than incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs often only give off up to 15 percent of their energy in light. The rest is turned into heat. CFLs give off much less heat which can lower your air conditioning use.
Properly seal your air conditioning and heating ducts
If your home has central heating and air conditioning, keeping up with the condition of your air ducts can help lower your energy bill. Fixing improperly sealed ducts can improve your efficiency to 20 percent. Focus first on sealing ducts in the attic, basement, and the garage. These areas tend to have animals and insects that can damage the ducts so they should be taken care of first.
Use landscaping to your advantage
Many people do not think that the trees and bushes around your house can have any effect on your energy costs. However, strategic placement of trees and bushes can help lower your costs by giving natural shade around your windows. This will block more sun and keep your house cooler. Bushes should be removed from blocking central air conditioners, allowing for their maximum efficiency.
Making your home energy efficient has many benefits. You can lower your utility bills while maintaining your home’s comfort and not detracting from your habits and activities, all while helping the environment. Taking these steps will ensure that your home will remain comfortable while helping out the earth.