One of the best ways to save money is to become more energy efficient. Not only can you reduce your utility bills, you can also decrease the long term cost of maintaining your home. Many energy services, like the Energy Plus Company for instance, offer bonuses and rewards for enrolling. With that said, here are the top ways to save money by pushing for energy efficient home upgrades:
Replace your bulbs—Switch to CFLs over incandescent bulbs. They use 75% less energy, last for about 3,000 more hours, and considerably reduce your electricity usage. The average consumer can expect to save about $60 per bulb life cycle by replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs.
Purchase controlled thermostats—Controlled thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home remotely and send automatic alarm alerts if your home gets too hot or cold. The amount you save on heat and cooling will depend on the climate in which you live. Generally, homeowners in more temperate climates can expect to save more than people in more extreme areas. But everyone stands to save money annually.
Insulate walls and attics. Properly insulating your home with fiberglass or cellulose (the more environment-friendly and comprehensive option) can stop heat loss, air leaks, water vapor transmission, and wasted coolant. According to the US Department of Energy, insulating your home will reduce your home emissions and will make your home more comfortable. This is accomplished by making your walls and floors warmer during cold weather and cooler during warm weather. A properly insulated home (this includes sealed ducts) can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
Upgrade your windows — Upgrading your windows goes hand in hand with insulating your home. Combined, these methods will save you a lot of money on energy bills. If you live in cold weather, look for windows that have a U-factor of 0.30 or lower. U-factors keep heat inside your home. If you live in a warm climate, look for windows with an SGHC rating of 0.30 or higher.
These are basic upgrades you can make to your home that will save you a significant amount of money each year. Most people don’t view their home and energy efficiency as a way to cut down on expenses, but it can be a major source of savings.
This has been a guest post for Easy Ways to Go Green. Photo Via: HouseInteriorDesign.