Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

Simple Ways to Save Energy at Home

By Varsha Subscribe to RSS | May 21st 2012 | Views:
loading
 
  



Achieving a more energy efficient home can seem like a daunting task at times. There’s a lot of information out there, and it seem like there’s a whole host of vendors aiming to convince you that their services will maximize your home’s efficiency and save you money on your energy bills. “New energy efficient windows will cut your bills in half!” “Our furnaces will are 50% more efficient that your current central heating!” “Solar, solar, solar!” Who is right and who is wrong? It really depends on a number of key variables; where you live, your current home mechanics and list goes on. Energy Results’ home assessment tool can help you easily prioritize these investments for your home, but that’s not our focus in this article. We’ve heard from plenty of homeowners; “Can you just give me a few energy saving tips that don’t cost much but will help me start saving today?”The answer: Yes we can!

If you’re reading this article, you probably already know that a more energy efficient homes can make have a whole host of benefits; increased home comfort, reduced environmental impact, lower energy bills and healthier home air quality. Let’s spend some time exploring the simple ways to save energy at home, including small behavioral changes and very low cost investments. Each upgrade alone may not save you enough energy to take a trip to Cancun, or even buy a share of the Facebook IPO (if you could get it!), but when taken together, these investments can have a material impact on your bills.

SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY

1. Turn Your Lights Off When You Leave the Room: Yes, it sounds simple. And it is. Remember to turn lights off when you leave the room and encourage the rest of your family, including your kids, to do the same. Remember: “one person, one light.” Use natural sunlight when it makes sense.Savings: Around $30 per year.

2. Use Blinds Wisely in the Summer: Yes, natural light from the sun is great and can have some very positive effects. But remember to use window, skylight and glass door treatments (blinds, drapes, etc.) wisely in the summer. Intense summer sun can warm your home, causing your central A/C system to work harder to cool your home. Consider heading outside to enjoy the summer sun and before you do, close blinds on windows impacted by the shining sun to keep your home cool. Savings: Around $20 per year.

3. Use Your Programmable Thermostat: Many homes have them, not many people use them. The programmable thermostat may be the most underused energy saving asset in your home. Why spend money to heat or cool your home while you and your family and at school, work or out running errands? Using central air less during that time can save you some major bucks over the course of the year. Savings: Vary widely, but as much as $200 per year (or more!)

4. Recycle or Unplug Your Second Refrigerator. Plenty of homeowners like the convenience of having a second fridge in the garage or elsewhere in the home. They’re great for parties and can really be useful. But often these refrigerators go unused, or are used sparingly, for the majority of the year. Remember to unplug the refrigerator when not in use, or recycle your second refrigerator if you don’t need it anyone. The refrigerator is your highest energy-using appliance, so savings can be significant.Savings: Up to $100 per year.

5. Use Cold or Warm Water to Wash Clothes: The major expense from your clothes washing process comes from heating the water for your clothes washer. Many loads can be done with cold or warm water, especially with the assistance of detergents made for these washes. Reconsider your default wash settings and you could save significant dollars over the course of the year. Savings:Up to $65 per year.

6. Turn Down Your Water Heater And Turn It Off When You’re On Vacation: What temperature is your water heater set at? You don’t know? Well, you are certainly not alone. Be sure your water heater is set to no more than 120 degrees. Adjusting the temperature setting down can save you money without impacting your shower quality at all. Also, consider shutting your water heater off while you’re on vacation. Why pay to have heated water on stand-by for you if you’re not there? Savings: Up to $75 per year.

Incorporating these simple actions into your daily lives over the year can have a noticeable impact on your energy bills over the course of the year, energy efficient appliances, saving you money and creating a more comfortable, planet-friendly home. When you’re interested in learning more about other investment, including other low-cost home upgrades, that can save your even more money, visit Energy Results to use our free educational tools. Our tools will help you assess what upgrades are best for your home, send you personalized reminders and help you share you energy savings success with family, friends, neighbors and even future home buyers. So let’s get started!

Varsha - About Author:
James Carlin is the Co-Founder of Energy Results LLC, headquartered in Chicago, IL. Energy Results empowers homeowners to save energy and money through energy efficient home upgrades. James is a former Executive Director of Investment Banking at JPMorgan. James holds a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University and an MBA from The Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago. For more information, please visit http://www.EnergyResults.com or email info@energyresults.com.

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/customer-service-articles/simple-ways-to-save-energy-at-home.htm

Related Customer Service Articles Subscribe to RSS

Top characteristics of a good and efficient mattress
Published by Webmaster on May 22nd 2012 | Business
Buying a mattress to be honest does look like one of those easy and elementary approaches in the wor...
 
What can businesses do to manage their energy consumption?
Published by Sean Burke on April 19th 2012 | Business
Taking control of your energy usage could greatly reduce your business overheads.
...
 
Find the most efficient and cost effective movers and packers in Gorakhpur for residential and commercial shifting.
Published by Eyeweb on August 9th 2012 | Customer Service
speed packers and movers Gorakhpur offers a full range of innovative shifting solutions ranging from...
 
Find the most efficient cost effective packers and movers in Hyderabad for moving all type of goods
Published by Eyeweb on July 26th 2012 | Customer Service
Jyoti Best Packers and movers in lucknow is among the renowned services providers for all types of g...
 
Low energy bulbs is the smart choice
Published by Dorothy Fedna on December 21st 2011 | Business
As the inflation is increasing day by day, everyone is concerned about the daily expenditure and is ...
 
Happens to be Luxury Marketing More efficient Via the web ?
Published by WayneTurner on June 14th 2012 | Business
Very thirty percent within United states people today apply that you should conclude e-shoppers. The...
 
Get most efficient and cost effective shifting solutions for all India delivery of moving all types of goods
Published by Eyeweb on July 26th 2012 | Customer Service
Agarsain packers and movers in delhi is a prominent packers and movers company dedicated to simplify...
 
A Removal Company needs to professional and efficient
Published by Angie Turner on June 19th 2012 | Business
Are you looking for a reliable removal company?
If you are moving house, there is no doubt at al...
 
How can households save money when comparing energy providers?
Published by Sean Burke on May 4th 2012 | Business
Comparing different tariffs from energy suppliers is the best way to find a suitable price plan for ...
 
Yogadownload.com coupon codes are a cost efficient way of increasing sales with minimal loss of money
Published by Gayathri LilliDevi on April 25th 2012 | Business
Yogadownload.com coupon code associate publishers must clearly detail the Yogadownload.com coupon of...
 
Advance preparation and efficient Conveyor Maintenance and Repair UK can help reduce on-site issues.
Published by Maryparker on June 14th 2012 | Business
Sometimes it takes common sense to know that a conveyor system is about to go haywire. Sadly, becaus...
 
Whisper Pumps has a large selection of some of the most efficient submersible pumps
Published by Julia Roger on December 15th 2011 | Business
Alternatively, our range of durable and innovative submersible pumps includes the Lowara DIWA submer...
 
Reduce Utility Bills by Getting energy saving meters
Published by Jack Charles on March 20th 2012 | Customer Service
All over the world, the requirement for energy is increasing because the population is increasing. I...
 
How do energy companies calculate business gas usage?
Published by Sean Burke on May 4th 2012 | Business
The amount of gas your business consumes should be directly proportional to how much you pay.
...
 
Ways of reducing the power consumption for getting accredited house energy rating
Published by Godrikings on November 29th 2011 | Business
As a move to save the total energy of the Earth, it is mandatory to follow certain standards of ener...
 
Thermal valve insulation and energy saving jackets in Nottinghamshire
Published by Cordtape on July 6th 2012 | Business
Energy saving jackets from Cordtape help to trim down your energy bills and they can enhance the dur...
 
Use of intelligent inserting for efficient direct mailing services
Published by Corporatemailing on July 20th 2012 | Business
The success of a company is determined by many key factors which if properly capitalized on can lead...
 
Get the most suitable cost efficient services for moving your residential or commercial goods
Published by Eyeweb on August 1st 2012 | Customer Service
Priya Packers and movers ncr offering cutting edge shifting solutions including home shifting, offic...
 
Using an efficient Technique in Entering the Chinese Market
Published by Leila on May 13th 2012 | Business
What could be the top process which can be applied to complete export to China? This really is the u...
 
Air conditioning service Orlando ensures energy optimization by its methodical approach
Published by Alice Mark on August 12th 2012 | Business
The air conditioning service with its backup strength of the licensed professional is known for its ...