How to Control Energy Costs
Simple steps can help reduce your energy use at home
By Daniel Ray
An energy-efficient house saves money and cuts back on energy use, which helps everyone on the planet. Homeowners are always looking for ways to save money. Losing energy seems like tossing dollar bills out the window. Money spent upfront on energy-saving devices leads to savings later. Most energy-saving ideas and appliances pay for themselves after a few years by way of savings in energy costs. Replacing appliances isn't the only way to save energy. The process can be as easy as taking a few simple steps or using inexpensive materials that save money and energy.
Add insulation to your attic. Inadequate insulation allows air conditioned and heated air to escape from your house. Hire a contractor or rent equipment and add the insulation yourself.
Install a programmable thermostat. These units allow more efficient management of your air conditioning and heating energy. Keep the air conditioning unit clean and have it serviced on a regular basis.
Install energy-efficient windows. These windows cut down on solar heat and help insulate the house more effectively. Caulk and use weatherstripping to seal any cracks or gaps by your windows.
Change incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Not only do these bulbs consume less power, but they also last considerably longer than conventional bulbs. Don't forget to turn off lights when leaving the room.
Look for the "Energy Star" Symbol
When replacing worn appliances, purchase Energy Star-rated units. These appliances are certified to consume less energy than older units. Service older appliances regularly and keep all filters and vents clean.
Efficient Hot Water Heating
Put an insulating blanket on your hot water heater. Use hot water only when needed. Cut back on long, hot showers.
Reduce Power Usage
Unplug power cords for cellphones, computers and other electronic appliances when not in use. If left plugged in they continue to consume power unnecessarily.
About the Author
Daniel Ray is a contributor to DexKnows.com.
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