Regardless of our age or place in life, we all have dreams. One dream we all often share in common is the desire to own a home eventually. Owning a home is one of the biggest purchases of our lives, and it’s a terrific achievement. Since it does take a substantial amount of money, we should aim to be as money conscious as we can. One easy way to do this is to outfit our homes to be as energy efficient as we can. The Energy Resource Center stated that Americans spend an average of $130 billion dollars on wasted energy. Wasting energy is a very expensive act that most of us are oblivious of. While energy consumption is inevitable, here are four easy ways to increase our homes’ energy efficiency.
Turn That HVAC Off
One of the best things about living in our modern era is our homes are easily adaptable to different temperatures. This is all thanks to the recent HVAC system installed in most homes. The HVAC acronym refers to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning which makes indoor air quality much better for us. We are used to these systems running all of the time. However, they draw a ridiculous amount of energy. There will be times where the HVAC needs to run, but there are ways around constantly using it. We can install a ceiling fan to cool off a room quickly. Use a programmable thermostat only to allow the system to run when someone is home to benefit from it. Close all of the curtains over windows to insulate our rooms at night. Even periodically changing the filters in our HVAC systems will save us money.
Install A New Tankless Water Heater
Older homes are usually suited with outdated storage water heaters. These large tanks heat up an immense amount of water consistently, wasting an abundance of energy. Tankless water heaters only heat water as needed, saving time and money while also making our homes more efficient.
Go Through the Lightbulbs
We often forget about the types of light bulbs we use in our homes. Until 2014, the most common and inexpensive light bulb was the incandescent type. This kind of light bulb only converted a small amount of energy into light while the rest became heat. However, there are two other types of light bulbs that while more expensive will save us money in the long run. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are much more efficient. LEDs alone use 75% less power than incandescent lighting, and they last much longer, too. Switching to different bulbs will allow us to save money and time when dealing with energy dispersion in our homes.
Unplug Before Leaving to Save Energy
When we’re in a rush, we often forget a lot of things. Sometimes it’s our keys that get trapped behind a locked door. Other times our coffee is thrown off of the roof of our moving cars. We tend to throw our routines out of the window when we are in a panic. We should add to our daily routine before we leave to unplugging and turning off electronics. Most of our entertainment systems use power strips to supply energy to all of our gadgets. Even when all of these things get turned off, they are still drawing power. This small amount of energy over the course of a year adds up dramatically. If we can remember to unplug some of our powerful electronics, we can save a large amount of money.