5 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Here are 5 easy ways to reduce your electric bill and help the environment at the same time.

Install a programmable thermostat.
This allows a homeowner to program the thermostat to warm or cool the house when they are home. When the homeowner is away the thermostat switches off. The Department of Energy states more than 10% a year can be saved on heating and cooling costs by using these thermostats.

Unplug Electronics
Even when electronics are turned off, they are still using energy and costing you money. Some of the biggest offenders are computers, tablets, TVs, coffee makers, and toasters. While it is not feasable to unplug these items every time you use them, you could put several of them on a power strip and then with just one switch, turn them on or off.

Use Ceiling Fans
Use your ceiling fans and make sure the blades are turning the right direction. Ceiling fan blades should turn clockwise in the winter and counter clockwise in the summer when looking at the fan from below.

Lower the Temp
Lower the temperature on your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.

Use better bulbs
Switch to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or LED bulbs. Although these cost more initially, the end result is considerable savings. These bulbs use 75% to 80% less energy and last 8-12 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

- Courtesy of Diamondback Realty, www.diamondbackrealty.com


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