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Get the Most Out of Energy Savings

Get the Most Out of Energy Savings

Get the Most Out of Energy Savings

So you have decided to make your home more energy efficient; congratulations! Not only will you be helping the environment, but you will also save a bundle every month on those nasty utility bills. Since saving money is really the whole point behind moving to a more energy efficient way of life, you want to make sure you get the most out of each decision. It can be overwhelming to try to figure out how to make the right choices to ensure your home is as efficient as possible. Hopefully, this simple guide will give you an idea of where to begin.

We have compiled a list of the top five energy savers in most homes. Follow this advice and you could start saving money on utility bills immediately.

Repair Leaking Toilets

A leaking toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water each day. That is like throwing away $400 every year. An easy way to check for leaks is to add some food coloring to the toilet tank. Color will start to seep into the bowl after about 15 minutes if there is a leak. Do not forget to flush as soon as it is done to prevent staining the bowl. If you do not feel comfortable with simple bathroom repairs, be sure to call a professional plumber to fix your leaky commode.

Use Power Strips or Surge Protectors

You can easily save $500 or more over five years by plugging electronic devices into power strips or surge protectors. You do not need a power strip for every single outlet in your house, but you can cut your electricity bill quite significantly by plugging in appliances or devices with standby power, like computers, stereos and televisions. With just the flick of a switch, you will cut the power to all the connected devices, which helps you save energy and money.

Find Ways to cut Cooling Costs

Air conditioning can consume tons of energy and cost you a pretty penny, especially if you live in a warm climate or do not know how to run your system properly. Help boost your AC’s cooling power and cut your summer energy bills by applying sun-blocking window treatments or reflective films on south-facing windows. These simple measures can block as much as 70% of the sun’s heat, which can help you slash warm weather utility costs.

Replace Inefficient Doors and Windows

Buy Energy Star rated products to make sure you are getting the most efficiency for your money. Replacing just 300 square feet of old single-pane windows with properly installed Energy Star windows can help you save $500 a year or more; replacing double-paned windows can help you save $250 a year. Of course, your particular savings will depend on your location and utility rates.

Turn Down the Lights

Replacing regular light switches with dimmer switches lets you control the amount of light in a room. You can adjust lighting as you wish. Dimming household lights by 30% can save you as much as 24% on electricity costs.