An energy-efficient home will go a long way in accumulating savings of monthly energy costs over time. There are some simple tricks that don’t break the bank and help you improve energy efficiency in your home.
One of the most effective and least expensive changes you can make is to get energy-efficient lighting. Consider replacing incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs. Replacing regularly used light fixtures with CFL bulbs can give significant savings over time. There are many options for CFL bulbs available letting you match the decor.
A lot of devices go on standby mode when turned off, and keep using trickles of power when not in use as long as they are plugged into a wall socket. This may be a small trickle for a single device, but it tends to add up with all the devices. Consider installing “smart” surge protectors and power strips that manage power supply to these devices.
By creating a tight seal between movable building components such as doors and windows, you can keep the warm air in and the cool air out to save on heating costs. Weather stripping is an easy and cost-effective way to seal air leaks and improve energy costs.
Be careful and select a choose a weather stripping product for suits the weather, temperature changes, and friction. In general, the weather stripping option you choose should seal well when the door or window is closed but allow it to open freely.
For more energy-efficient tips, check out ENERGY STAR’s website, a site that’s dedicated to helping businesses and homeowners save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
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