People have a list of reasons to go green, and saving is perhaps the main one. The furnace in all probability consumes the most energy in your home so you have to make sure it’s in proper working condition. Heating the household accounts for 60% of home energy consumption. Every few months, the filter should be replaced, and this will help keep the furnace operating well. A more eco-friendly option is to buy a reusable filter and wash the filter when it’s dirty. Even though reusable filters are more expensive, you only have to buy it once, so you save in the long run. Merely by doing some basic maintenance, you can boost the efficiency of your furnace by as much as 50%.
As energy is wasted each night, it is good to install a programmable thermostat. Being able to set the temperature several degrees cooler, when no one is around, will save energy and money too. Hot water is another expense that can be reduced, by wrapping your heater in a blanket of insulation. Insulation blankets can be installed without any problem, and found at any hardware store. The fiberglass blanket confines the heat when you wrap it around the hot water tank, and will pay for itself the first 12 months that you use it. Additionally plumbing in a poly water tank to collect rainwater for your hot water system makes a great option for going even more environmental-friendly while conserving our life-giving water supply. Making use of water tanks actually supports a lowering in electricity necessary to treat water at facilities before being pumped through pipes to your home.
One more choice to consider is to go with using a tankless hot water. It is something for you to try, especially if your hot water tank is is rather aged and in need of replacing. The tankless system is great because it only heats water when you need it. Tankless systems will use a lot less energy, saving you about 50% on what you are paying for hot water. Save money and energy by keeping your place cool the natural way. Your house can be kept cool with a simple ceiling fan and keeping the blinds and curtains shut. Try setting your air conditioner at 75 degrees and only go colder if it is getting extremely hot in your home.
Still another modification that will cost initially, but save in the long run, is replacing incandescent light bulbs. By deciding to use compact fluorescent lightbulbs, you can save about 75% in energy use and these light bulbs will last ten times longer. You will not just save money but you will have a lot less scrap to toss. You can save up to $30 per year by changing just five lightbulbs. The simplest thing that you can do is to simply flip the lights off when you leave a room. Majority of us are guilty of doing this, so if we all changed, a great deal of energy would be saved.
If everyone made it a policy in their home whenever leaving a room to flip the lights off always, then the same could be done with all electronic appliances that are used.