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Energy Saving Tips for the Home

Today we will be discussing the best Energy Saver in the home and how these little helpers can make a big difference!

Here are the Top 10 Energy Saving Tips for the home:

  1. Seal and Insulate- fill any air leaks and check to make sure your home is properly insulated.
  2. Get a Smart Thermostat- with a programmable thermostat you will never have to remember to turn down the heat as you’re walking out the door again!
  3. Use Those Curtains- Block out the hot summer sun to keep out some heat. Then in the winter, open up for the sun to help you heat your home.
  4. Replace Filter Often- The cleaner your furnace or A/C filter the more air flow meaning your machines don’t have to work as hard.
  5. Install a Tankless Water Heater- This requires only heating the water that is actually being used. No more wasting energy on heating water when you don’t need it!
  6. Go Low-flow- Low-flow shower heads, low-flow faucets, low-flow toilets, vacuum assist-toilets, dual-flush toilets, etc
  7. Rethink the Laundry- Do a large loads instead of medium, use cold water, clean out the lint trap every load and hang dry whenever possible.
  8. Change out the Lightbulbs- Energy efficient lightbulbs can save up to 80% of the energy used by traditional lightbulbs.
  9. Upgrade your Appliances- Purchase energy-efficient appliances allows for better performance, less energy… doesn’t get much better that this!
  10. Invest Renewable Energy- Installing solar roof panels or wind turbines can save you big in the long run so jump in and get that renewable energy system up and running!

Although some of these options are a bit more costly than other, there are tips any one of us could do right now! No matter how big or small, any energy saver tip can help reduce your utility bill as well as lower the demand on the power companies. Now go out there and bring some more efficiency into your home!

9 thoughts on “Energy Saving Tips for the Home

  1. Hello there, good tips for the energy saving.
    I myself noticed a big difference when exchanging the light bulbs in energy saving lamps. And the lifetime of the energy saving lamps is sensational! The tips for energy saving are very important, not just because of our own purse, but mainly because of our environment.
    We are consuming more and more power, although our appliances are said to consume less and less electricity. A funny thing, right?

  2. Dede,

    I appreciate your passion for saving energy. You have listed some very good ideas. One of these that has helped us in two homes is the tankless water heater. We had and currently have a Rennai tankless water heater. We lived in a 2300 sf house that had a regular water heater. We moved to a larger 3100 sf house that had the tankless water heater. Our energy bill was lower in the larger house! And members of our family never had to “fight” over a lack of hot water!

    Thanks for the reminder to change filters. That’s one that is important but often slips up on us. I changed the light bulbs but could not stand the florescent white light from those in the house. I wish this was available in a softer, less obtrusive light.

    Where do we find out about the costs solar roof installations?

    1. Marty, I’m so happy to hear of your success with a tankless water heater! Thank you for doing this! I agree with the harshness of the lightbulb and imagine there will be more variety on the market before long. As for solar, I recommend looking into local companies first and getting bids from at least 3 different companies. Hope this helps!

  3. Thanks for these tips on energy saving! We are recent first time home buyers and have moved to a place where it is hot in the summer and cool in the winter. No longer are we at a warm beach so we are learning the ins and outs of needing to use A/C and heat. We too have just changed our lightbulbs to less toxic, energy efficient ones. You mention solar and wind power. How many years would you need to stay in the home to reap the benefits after the initial cost?

    1. Congratulations on your new purchase! It depends how much you put down and the system you purchase but it can be anywhere from 5 to 20 years. I would definitely recommending doing this for a long term home but either way, renewable energy will increase your resell value.

  4. I think all your tips here on saving energy are great and I think one of the best is getting solar panels on the roof. Where we live on the east coast of Australia, we get a lot of sun, so it’s a no brainer getting them.

    The state govt gives us a generous feed in tariff for every kilowatt we feed into the grid and we are just charged for what we use.

    Because the feed in tariff we are getting more than offsets what we are charged, we are getting credits instead of bills and the solar panel system has paid for itself after nearly four years.

    I’m not sure what sort of set up you have for solar panels where you are but I think that they are a great investment.

    Even if some people can’t manage to get solar panels now, I think that they will save a fair bit of money on the other tips you have provided, so well done.

    1. Thanks for sharing Adrian! I am glad you have had so much success with installing solar and that it has already paid itself off!

  5. Hello and thanks for sharing, these are some great ways to save energy. When you think about it the cost of energy is so high and many people have to deal with trying to keep the light on. I know all to well about fighting the high cost of electricity. Your post is well detailed and filled with good information. Thanks again for sharing.

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