When it comes to going green and saving energy, many people make the mistake of believing you have to invest tens of thousands of dollars into the home in order to make it more self sufficient. Of course, having money helps with some of the more expensive projects, but there are other ways to save energy. In fact, here are eight different ways to take energy saving to the next level.
This option has been around for a few years now, but switching form the old fashioned light bulbs to the fluorescent options can help save several dollars a year, per bulb. For a household, this can average out to a couple hundred dollars saved annually, all by switching bulbs.
Tankless Water Heater
Now, this doesn’t mean go and rip out the current water heater. But if it is time to replace what you have, consider a tankless water heater. It costs more up front, but it reduces the amount of water you use, and instantly heats the water, so you cut down on the energy you use to heat water (and no more cold showers because someone used up all the hot water).
Change the Air Filter
It’s easy to forget, but that air filter inside of your furnace and AC unit does become incredibly dirty over time, which forces the HVAC system to work harder and expel more energy. Swap this out every few months and you’ll be good to go.
Sure, pumping your home with new insulation is a good way to save energy, although it costs money up front. If you don’t have this kind of money, go around the house and fill in cracks with spray foam insulation, replace the weatherstripping around the doors and check the attic for leaks. All this leads to you saving money.
Alright, if you do have the money to spend, look into roofing your home. This can save a considerable amount of money in the long run on energy as less heat or cool air is lost through the roof.
Your current toilet probably uses nearly four gallons of water per flush. You can swap in a low-flow toilet which uses around 1.6 gallons.
Your electronics continue to draw power even when off. So, unplug your chargers, laptop power cable and other equipment you’re not using. Your energy bills will thank you.
Put up mirrors throughout the house. It reflects the light from outside and makes your home brighter, allowing you to turn off more lights.