Mar 042012
 

There are numerous reasons why you would want to follow a green way of life, but saving money is perhaps near the top. The furnace in all probability utilizes the most energy in your home so you should make sure it’s in proper working condition. About 60% of the typical family’s energy consumption comes from heating the home. Every two months, the filter must be replaced, and this will help keep the furnace working efficiently. A more affordable option may be to find a reusable filter, and then on a regular basis just wash it. Even though reusable filters are expensive, you just have to pay for it once, so you save in the long term. Your furnace’s energy efficiency can improve by 50% by performing regular maintenance.

furnace's energy efficiencyBecause a lot of energy is wasted at night or when no one is home, it is a smart idea to install a programmable thermostat. Keeping the temperature several degrees lower when no one is home will save money too.

Hot water is yet another expense that can be reduced, by wrapping your heater in a blanket of insulation. They are not difficult to find and are simple to install. The fiberglass blanket keeps heat in saving the water tank from using up more energy to heat water.

fiberglass blanket keeps heatAnother choice is to use a tankless hot water system. It’s something to look into if you are planning to replace your antiquated hot water tank. The tankless hot water system is great since it only heats water when you need it. Tankless heaters consume less energy than typical tanks and can save you up to 50% off your energy bill. Save a considerable amount of money and energy by keeping your home cool the natural way. You can save quite a bit during summertime if you use a ceiling fan and keep the sunlight out of your place. If you have an AC leave it at 75 degrees and simply use it on unbearably hot days.

One other thing that you can do that costs a bit initially but will save in the long run is replacing your incandescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs can last up to 10 times longer, and use 75% less electricity. Not only can you save money, but CFLs will not fill up the landfills. If you just changed five lightbulbs, you can save up to $30 annually. The least complicated thing that people can do, is simply flip off the lights when they are not needed. Majority of us are guilty of doing this, so if we all changed, lots of energy would be saved.

fluorescent light bulbsIf people make it a habit to flip the lights off whenever they leave the room, then they can do  it for all  electronic appliances.
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