Posted by Todd Filbrun on Tue, Jan 08, 2013 @ 09:00 AM
Energy from gas and oil can get expensive, especially if you consume a lot in your everyday life. Learning how to save energy at home can help you reduce your environmental footprint, which also means saving money on monthly utility costs.
Some strategies for energy efficient living that you might try include:
- Heat your home wisely - Heating and cooling accounts for almost half of monthly energy costs for the average homeowner. When you upgrade systems, take energy efficiency into account. A furnace or air conditioner with a higher efficiency rating often costs a little more up front, but you'll get a return on your investment with lower monthly bills.
- Add insulation and seal air leaks - The outside of your home is called a building envelope. The more tightly sealed and insulated the envelope is, the less energy your home will lose. A small investment can make a big difference, especially if you have an older, drafty home. This not only reduces your energy costs, but also makes your home more comfortable.
- Use Energy Star appliances - The EPA's Energy Star program certifies home appliances such as furnaces, air conditioners, refrigerators, ovens, and more. Each appliance is clearly labeled with an efficiency rating so you can make an informed decision about your energy consumption.
- Invest in solar energy - Sunlight provides free energy all year long. Adding solar panels to your home will have a major impact on your electricity bills, and the best part is, you can have them installed with no money down with a solar loan. You can even use solar power to heat and cool your home with a heat pump system, eliminating the need to rely on other fuels.
What strategies for energy efficient living do you use in your own life?