Energy bills are something that we all need to pay if we want to keep our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but that doesn’t mean anybody likes paying any more than necessary. Thankfully, there are a number of energy saving strategies that you can implement into your day to day life when heating and cooling your home that will not only save you money on your energy bills, but keep your carbon footprint low as well and help you be kinder to the environment. More and more homeowners are actively looking for ways in which they can save energy when heating and cooling their homes, and we’ve put together a list of the best ways to do so that don’t require much effort. If you’d like to learn about simple things that you can do in order to cut down your energy bills, read on.
Keeping the water in your home heated is essential, however, it can be quite costly as well. In order to save energy when heating the water in your home, there are number of different things that you can do, and the best thing is that they won’t make that much of a difference to your day to day life – no need to take freezing cold showers in the morning!
Do your laundry with cold water – your detergent will work just as well as with warmer water, and you’ll save around 40 cents per load off your energy bill – it may not sound much, but think about how many washes you do per month, especially if you have a family.
Check all your hot water pipes for any leaks – even the smallest and most insignificant leak wastes water, therefore wasting your money as well!
If you plan on leaving your home unattended for a few days at a time, turn off your water heater before you go. When you get back, most modern heating systems can easily adjust back to previous temperatures within around an hour of being switched back on.
Solar water heaters are a great alternative to install, as they save you energy and money by using solar power to heat your water up instead.
When it comes to saving energy, your windows may easily be overlooked. If you’ve already got double or even triple paned windows you might think that there is not much else you can do to save energy, however there are a few different things that you can do to ensure that you windows aren’t the root cause of your extravagant energy bill.
If your windows are quite old, consider installing high performance windows that are designed specifically with energy saving in mind. If you only have single paned windows, installing double paned windows will help to reduce some of the energy that you lose through your windows as well as provide you with other benefits such as blocking some of the noise from outside if you live in a busy area.
If you live in an exceptionally colder climate, consider installing triple paned windows for maximum energy saving effects. However, triple paned windows can be quite costly, so only install them if you’re sure that you’ll be remaining at the property long enough to reap their benefits financially.
Proper maintenance of not only your heating and cooling systems, but also your appliances, electronics, and your windows and doors will help you save money on your energy bill in the long run. Most maintenance and checking you can do by yourself, however there will be certain circumstances arise where you may need a professional to come and do the job. In this case, it’s far better to pay to have a repair done – not repairing even minor issues could result in you spending more on your energy bill.
You should aim to have your home’s heating and cooling systems inspected at least annually by a professional company, as trained professionals will be able to spot issues that could be costing you money that you may have been unable to detect by yourself.
You should also regularly check your home’s heating and cooling systems yourself as best you can, as well as keeping an eye on any electrical appliances in your home to look out for any tell-tale signs that they may be using more energy than they should.
Windows and doors should be kept well maintained, and regularly check for any cracks or coming away of sealant which can contribute to a loss of energy.
These are just a few ways in which you can save energy in your home – if you’d like to add to this list, leave your response in the comments.
From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Carol Trehearn.
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