Mar 122012

People have a list of reasons to go green, and saving is probably the primary one. The furnace likely uses the most energy in your household so you should see to it that it’s in proper working condition. Simply heating the house up accounts for about 60% of the energy costs. Every two months, the filter must be replaced, and this will help keep your furnace operating at optimum levels. A more eco-friendly option is to purchase a reusable filter and wash the filter when it’s dirty. Although reusable filters cost more, you only have to pay for it once, so you save in the long run. You can increase the energy efficiency of your furnace by as much as 50% with merely a few minutes of cleaning it.

furnace reusable filterBecause a considerable amount of energy is wasted at night or when no one is home, it is a good idea to install a thermostat that is programmable. Being able to set the temperature several degrees cooler, when your home is empty, will save energy and money too.

If you get an insulation blanket for your hot water heater, you can save quite a bit also. An insulation blanket is easy to install and is sold 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 initial year that you get it.

fiberglass blanketAnother option to consider is to try using a tankless hot water. It is one option for you to try, especially if your hot water tank is is rather antiquated and in need of replacing. The tankless hot water system is terrific since it only heats water when you need it. The tankless water heating system consumes less energy so you’ll be saving about 50% off your energy bill. You will be able to save some money and energy by keeping your home cool the natural way.

You can save quite a bit in the summer if you use a ceiling fan and keep the sunlight out of your home. If you use an AC, see to it that you set it at 75 degrees and only make it cooler if the heat becomes unbearable.

tips save energyStill another alteration that will cost initially, but save you money in the long run, is replacing incandescent lightbulbs. By using compact fluorescent bulbs, you can save as much as 75% in energy use and these bulbs will last ten times longer. Not only are you going to you save money, but compact fluorescent bulbs will not fill up the landfills. If you just changed five lightbulbs, you can save as much as $30 a year. The most effective thing that you can do is to just flip the lights off when not in use. We all leave the lights turned on so we must make a conscious effort to make it work.
If people make it a habit to turn the lights off every time they go out  of a room, then they can do  it for all  electronic gadgets.
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