Apr 022012
 

People have a list of reasons to start living green, and saving is probably the main one. The costliest energy unit in your house is your furnace so that must be kept running efficiently. Merely heating the household up accounts for approximately 60% of the energy costs. Every couple of months, the filter must be replaced, and this will help keep the furnace working efficiently. A better option may be to find a reusable filter, and then regularly just clean it. Although these filters are costly in the beginning, you will save more in the long term. Simply by doing some basic maintenance, you can increase the efficiency of your furnace by 50%.

furnace filter replacedA great deal of energy is used up when everyone is asleep so it’s a good idea to get a programmable thermostat. Keeping the temperature a few degrees lower when no one is around will save money too.

If you get an insulation blanket for your hot water heater, you can save some money also. This is not difficult to install and is available at any hardware store. The fiberglass blanket holds in the heat when you wrap it around the hot water tank, and will pay for itself the first year that you use it.

insulation blanket for your hot waterOne more means is to simply try the tankless hot water solution. It’s something to consider if you are planning to replace your old hot water tank. The tankless hot water system is terrific because it only heats water when you need it. Tankless hot water heaters will consume considerably less energy, saving you about 50% on what you are spending hot water. You likewise have the alternative of keeping cool natural which saves you money and energy. In the summer your place can be kept cooler by merely using a ceiling fan, and keeping the dims and draperies drawn. Set your air conditioner at 75 degrees and only go colder if it is getting overly hot in your place.

Tankless hot water heatersAnother thing that you can do that costs a little initially but will save in the long haul is replacing your incandescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs can last up to 10 times longer, and utilize 75% less energy.

You will not only save money but you will have a lot less trash to toss. If you just changed five lightbulbs, you can save up to $30 a year. The best thing to do is to simply switch off the lights when you exit from a room. Many of us leave the lights turned on so we will need to make a conscious effort to make it work.

Compact fluorescent lightbulbsIf families made it a policy in their home whenever leaving a room to turn the lights off always, then the same could be done with all electronic appliances that are used.
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