Are you tired of paying an arm and a leg every month for home energy usage? You certainly aren’t alone. The ever rising cost of powering our homes has got a lot of people rushing to try to make ends meet. And cost isn’t the only concern. Despite years of research, there still isn’t a mass produced renewable source of energy that answers all our needs. So if you’re ready to start lowering your usage and your bills, let me explain how it can be done.
There are two ways to lower your energy consumption. One is easy in theory, but can be tough to do – turn things off. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Turn off the TV and limit the amount you use it. Turn off the computer overnight, and maybe don’t leave it on all day. Turn off your air conditioner and open the windows. This is definitely a way to reduce energy usage – stop using it! It’s very easy to say but not so easy to do. It can be hard to remember to turn things off when you aren’t using them or get called away for a few minutes. And leaving the AC off when it’s 95 degrees in the house just seems like madness.
But all hope is not lost; there is another way! You can still reduce consumption and cut your energy bill by switching over to energy saving devices. These are specific devices that either replace or modify your existing appliances and devices. They allow you to reduce energy usage without you having to make grand sacrifices in your appliance usage.
The biggest consumer of energy in your home is your heating and cooling system. Finding a way to cut back on usage here can have a considerable effect on your monthly bill. If you don’t already have it, installation of central heating and air will make a big difference. A central system is much more efficient than running window unit air conditioners in the summer and space heaters in the winter.
If you already have a central heat/air system, you can further save by installing a programmable thermostat. This will automatically adjust your system for day and night temperatures, or to reduce usage while you’re not home. This is a great way to avoid leaving your heat or cooling on full blast all day while you’re at work.
Your water heating system is another place where many of us can cut back on energy by the use of energy saving devices. One of the simplest things to do is to install a low flow showerhead, which will reduce your water usage overall and as a result cut down on hot water usage. Timers are another way to reduce power consumption with your water heating system. Set your water heater to turn off in the daytime while you’re at work and to turn back on in the evening.
One of the best ways to save on your hot water is to install an ‘on demand’ hot water system. Also known as tankless water systems, these mini water heaters only heat water as it’s being used, as opposed to standard water heaters which maintain a full tank of hot water all day long. The savings you’ll get with a tankless hot water system can be substantial.
Of course, it is a considerable investment to install power saving devices in your home, but they will increase the value of your house should you ever choose to sell it. In the long run, the savings you’ll achieve on your monthly energy bill will make the money you’ve spent an excellent investment.
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