Energy Efficient Money Saving Tips: Part Three
Have you every taken a look around your house? I mean really looked to see if there was energy being wasted which in turn is wasting your money? We are all so busy in our daily lives sometimes we forget and leave the light on, or the window open with the heat on. These small things we forget in our daily lives may be costing you and your family some serious cash. Here are a few things to think about each day in order to save a little bit of money.
Ways you may be wasting energy:
- Running your dishwasher after every meal: If it is not full, then don’t run it. Not only are you using soap every time, it uses the same amount of hot water whether it is one dish or 15.
- Heating and cooling units need love too: Just like your car needs a tune up every so often, so does your electric appliances such as your heating and cooling units. You should realistically have them checked annually.
- Your cutting corners on insulation: If you take the time and don’t cut corners this will pay for itself. Since hot air rises you often lose a lot of heat through the ceiling, it is important to make sure your attic and ceilings are properly insulated.
- Cooking/Baking during the summer: Don’t add more heat than necessary to your house. During the summer cook outdoors, use your grill or smaller appliances like the toaster oven or microwave.
Instead follow these tips and use your energy the right way:
- Replace your fireplace screen with glass doors: Not only do they reduce the amount of heat that escapes through the chimney from your home, they are also a lot safer. Also consider saving your fireplace for special occasions or for when it really is cold. Once your done remember to close the damper to prevent losing all the heat in the home.
- Dry out: Make sure you have ventilation in your attic and crawl spaces to reduce moisture build up. Install a vapor barrier by covering about 80% of the ground in the crawlspace with 6 mil plastic, leaving several feet around the perimeter exposed.
- Check your ducts: Having leaky ducts around your house, can account for 10-30% of your total heating and cooling costs. If you are losing 20% of your total airflow due to leaks, the efficiency of your cooling or heating system can drop by up to 50%.
- Don’t rush: If you are in the market to buy a new appliance make sure to take your time and review all your options. Don’t panic and purchase the first one you see because in the long run a few hours won’t make that big of a difference.
These are just a few ways to save yourself a few bucks that could be put toward a family vacation or something fun. They are not hard to do, we all just need to slow down and take a look around our house to ensure that all these steps are taken care of. For more money saving tips visit us at Connect Your Home or call (888)566-3979. How often do you use your fireplace? Check out the video below to find out how a radiant barrier can help control the temperature in your attic.