Thursday, June 13, 2013

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

I am constantly on the lookout for ways to make my home more energy efficient. I think its important that we all do our part to conserve energy and I believe that small changes by everyone could yield big results in the end. You can make simple changes on your own or you can even consult with companies like Solartech who can help you make bigger changes.

Things You Can Do On Your Own

* One of the biggest ways we lose energy is through bad or lack of insulation. Check your insulation and make changes as necessary. If you have an attic, you will definitely want to make sure it is insulated properly.

*Change and/or clean your furnace filters monthly to avoid clogs and costly maintenance. Also, make sure you have your heating and air system inspected regularly. We actually have an insurance with our gas company where we can have them come out to check our furnace on occasion to make sure everything is running as well as it should as to not make it work any harder than it has to.

*Change your thermostat to one that can be easily programmed. We have ours set to not run as much at night or when we are away from the home. It's a good investment that won't break the bank.

*Open up curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun in. Natural light is a great way to cut back on your electricity!

*Add rugs to hardwood floors to help keep the floors warm. We have rugs in nearly every room that has hardwood floors. 

*Plant trees to help cool your house off. We have 4 huge silver maple trees in our backyard. It helps keep our house so nice and cool in the Summer! There are many days where we don't even have to run our air conditioner because our house is so shaded in the back from the trees. 

*Replace old windows.

*Change light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs.

We recently made a lot of small changes in our home and I have already noticed a big difference in our electric and gas bills. It feels good to know I am saving my family money but even better to know I am doing my part to help our environment. Do you do any of the things above to help save energy in your home?

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