Saving Green: Five Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

An energy efficient home can help you protect the environment and save money at the same time. Consider trying these five tips in order to reduce your energy bills and live a more sustainable lifestyle without much work.

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1. Turn Off Power Strips

One of the easiest ways to keep your home energy efficient is by turning off your power strips before bed. Many appliances like televisions and video game systems pull power when they are in standby mode. Save power by turning off energy at the actual power strip before you go to bed at night, and don’t turn it back off until you need to use something on the strip.

2. Caulk Your Gaps

Take a look around outside your home and see if you notice any gaps near the doors, windows or HVAC exhaust areas. Use a caulking gun to caulk any gaps you find. You’ll improve the way your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, reducing heating and air conditioning costs.

3. Use Storm Windows

Double paned storm windows are a huge energy savings improvement over single pane glass. When you can afford the one time expense, consider swapping out any single pane windows you may have for double paned storm windows to save energy. You’ll insulate your home better all year long, helping to pay off the cost of the new windows in no time.

4. Blanket Your Water Heater

If you have a gas water heater one of the easiest ways to save energy and water is by strapping a blanket around that heater to insulate it as much as possible. Energy is lost through your water heater all the time, since the water inside needs to stay hot and the heater isn’t that great at keeping that heat in there. Simply placing a blanket around the heater will help it keep the water inside warm for longer intervals.

5. Keep Your AC Path Clear

Your air conditioning system needs a clear exhaust area to work well. Look at the area where your condenser pumps out hot air and make sure it is clear of plants, overgrowth and stuff for your yard. You’ll improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system and save on energy in the process.

These simple options can help your home waste less energy all year long. Save money and treat the environment with respect by making a few small changes right away.

Informational credit to:

HeatingAndAirSanMateo.com – providing your family with heating and air in San Mateo, CA since 1924.

Erin Emanuel