Conserving Energy in the Home!

Why conserve energy at home?

There are many reasons to conserve energy, but some of the major reasons are:

  1. For the Environment- Implementing green solutions into your home can help reduce waste, and conserve natural resources. This makes sense, because there are a limited amount of resources in the environment, and more people to use them up every day.
  2. For the Savings- Green systems and different materials can help reduce energy consumption and this can lower your energy bills. Usually, the products last longer and can be more efficient.
  3. For Your Health- Sustainable design and technology can enhance the air and water quality in a home.

Here are some easy and inexpensive ideas for going green:

  1. Cool your home at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat fan switched to AUTO. Raise your thermostat to 82 degrees or warmer when you’re away.
  2. Heat your home at 68 degrees or cooler with the thermostat fan switched to AUTO. When you are gone, or throughout the night, keep the temperature to 65 degrees or cooler. 
  3. If you have a pool, limit the amount of time you run your pool pump: Summer- 6 hours a day. Winter- 4 hours a day.
  4. Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which is the recommended temperature setting. This will save you around $2 a month.
  5. Clean and replace your A/C filter regularly to help your unit run more efficiently and trim cooling cost.
  6. Unplug electronics when you aren’t using them.
  7. Turn off a ceiling fan when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 dollars a month.
  8. Replace old, high-flow showerheads with water-efficient showerheads and save up to $80 a year.
  9. Make sure you adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the load size. Especially when using hot water. ALWAYS use a cold rinse.
  10. Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load to dry your clothes faster.
  11. Change your light bulbs. According to Energy Star, one of its qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs can save you around $30 dollars over its lifetime and pay for itself in 6 months. 
  12. Use the auto sensor function on your dryer to conserve energy by not over-drying your clothes.

References:

  1. http://www.fpl.com/residential/energy_saving/resources_tips/top_tips.shtml
  2. http://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/save-money-on-energy.aspx?PageId=3#ArticleContent

For any questions about energy conservation tips in the home, please contact us at: 651-269-3487 or Sandy@SandyErickson.com

Website: www.ericksonteamhomesearch.com

Sandy Erickson Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Integrity Realty

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