Saving Energy in Your Home

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 27, 2013)

There are several reasons as to why you may be interested in saving energy in your home. Perhaps you are looking for ways that you can lower your monthly bills. Maybe you are looking for a way that you can lower the negative impact you and or family has on the environment around you. Whatever the reason, saving energy in your home isn't just a good idea it can be a vital one in today's tough economic situation. Here are a few methods that you can start using today.

  • Use Energy Star. Energy Star is a program that was developed and initiated by the United States government to help people understand whether a product is properly designed to help reduce energy costs. Items that are Energy Star rated can range from kitchen appliances, to laundry machines, to computers, to even your windows. Whenever possible, utilize these items in your home and you will not only have an energy efficient item, but you may also be eligible for a refund or tax break from the government.
  • Turn off the lights. It may sound rather simple, but all too many times this is something that is forgotten. All you really need to do is turn the lights off as you exit a room that you will not be back in immediately. This will help to lower your energy usage dramatically, and thereby also lowering your monthly bill. All you need to do is just reach out and flip a switch.
  • Set your thermostat properly. Ideally you should set your thermostat to between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. While it may seem rather low, it is a temperature that will be rather comfortable all year round. About the only drawback is that your feet may get a little chilly during the winter, but that can very easily be fixed with a pair of socks.
  • Disconnect power. Even if you have the television or computers turned off, they are still drawing power and energy from the wall. The best way to stop this energy drain, and thereby lower your energy usage, is to physically disconnect the power cord from the wall when you are finished using the item. Try this for a week or so, and you will be amazed at how little energy you use. You may also potentially be surprised to find that you may be watching less television than you used to.

While the methods listed here for saving energy in your home will work, they are only the tip of the iceberg. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of actions and methods available for saving energy around the home. All you really need to do is use your imagination a bit, and you will be amazed at the final results.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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