We have numerous reasons for taking up green living, but saving money is somewhere on the list. The furnace probably uses the most energy in your house so you need to see to it that it’s in proper working condition. As much as 60% of the typical home’s energy use comes from heating the house. Every two months, the filter must be replaced, and this will help keep the furnace operating at optimum levels. A better option might be to obtain a reusable filter, and then regularly simply clean it. Although reusable filters are initially expensive, you will save more in the long term. Your furnace’s energy efficiency can go by 50% by performing proper maintenance.
A great deal of energy is used up when everyone is asleep so it’s wise to install a programmable thermostat. Keeping the temperature several degrees lower when the house is empty will save money as well. If you install an insulation blanket for your hot water heater, you can save some money too. They are easy to get and are easy to install. You can save a lot of money in the first year of installing a blanket since it keeps the heat from escaping.
One more choice to consider is trying using a tankless hot water. This is a great choice if you are thinking of replacing your hot water tank. This system is terrific since it only heats water when you need it. Tankless heaters will consume considerably less energy, saving you as much as 50% on what you are paying for hot water. You also have the option of keeping cool natural which saves you a considerable amount of money and energy. During summertime your place can be kept cooler by merely using a ceiling fan, and keeping the blinds and drapes closed. If you have an AC, be sure to set it at 75 degrees and only make it cooler if the heat becomes unbearable.
Another alteration that will cost in the beginning, but save in the long run, is replacing incandescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs can last up to 10 times longer, and consume 75% less power. This will not just save you some money, but put fewer light bulbs into the landfills. If you just changed five lightbulbs, you can save as much as $30 each year. The simplest thing to do is to simply flip off the lights when you leave a room. We are all guilty of this, so if we make the effort, we stand to save a good deal of electricity.
If people can turn the lights off whenever they leave the room, then they could do the same for all electrical appliances.