Healthy Living In An Energy-Efficient Home
Energy-efficient structures and additions to homes are becoming incredibly popular, especially as the cost of energy continues to rise in many parts of the country. Getting the most of your home’s ability to provide you with, essentially, free energy control (over the long run) is a responsible and financially prudent thing to do, not to mention, helps reduce your carbon and ecological footprint. Below are some of the things you can do to ensure that you are living healthily in an energy-efficient home.
Change your light bulbs. This is one of the simplest things you can do to save yourself money and cut down on the amount of energy used. Changing the bulbs in your house to more energy-efficient LEDs and CFLs can save you money on a yearly basis because they eliminate the amount of energy that is wasted as heat when lighting your home.
Turn your hot water heater down. Your average hot water heater is typically installed and set at around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You can, however, lower that temperature to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit with no noticeable difference to the water temperature that you will get for hot showers, or even washing dishes. It is also a good temperature to keep the water at in order to prevent small children from inadvertently scalding themselves.
Seal cracks. It is a good idea to always make sure that there is caulking around your door and window frames to ensure that any hot, or cool air you want kept in the house is not escaping, and similar air you want kept out of the house is not entering. A couple hours with a caulking gun can save you up to 10 per cent on your energy bill.
Programmable thermostat. These are great because they allow you to customize your heating and cooling settings to make sure that you and your family are always comfortable in your home, as well as ensure that you are not wasting central heating, or air conditioning when no one is around to enjoy them.
Unplug. Anything you leave plugged into the wall, even if they are not in use, if it has a standby light, it is consuming energy. It is a good idea to invest in some power strips that you can plug all such things into so that when it’s time to go to bed, leave the house, etc. you can turn them all off with the flick of a switch and save yourself money.
Getting the most out of your home in terms of the energy you use and save does not have to involve massive time and financial investments. By doing the above simple things you can effectively cut hundreds of dollars off your energy bills every year, help minimize your impact on the environment and put the money towards things that truly matter.