Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thursday Thinking Green ~ Six Simple Home Energy Tips

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein

This is a timely and optimistic quote for the economic climate in which we find ourselves. Here are a few simple energy saving tips which add up to money in your pocket and are ways of also reducing your carbon footprint.

1. Close off unused rooms to save on air conditioning or heating costs.

2. Purchase energy efficient appliances. Wash your clothing in cold water and if you can, use a clothesline or drying rack rather than your dryer.

3. Take advantage of the weather to heat and cool your home. In the summer open the windows at night and close them again in the morning. On really hot days I even draw the shades which keeps the rooms darker and therefore cooler.

4. Switch off your water heater (if electric) when not in use for extended periods of time. Unplug computers, TV, phone and Ipod chargers when not in use. Let you dishwasher “air-dry”.

5. Purchase energy-efficient light bulbs and turn off lights when not in use. Dead fluorescent bulbs are hazardous waste so remember to recycle them properly.

6. Install a low flow shower-head for about $15 and cut approximately 25%-60% of your hot water use.

For more tips go to this website: http://www.climateandenergy.org/TakeStep/EnergyTipsForFree/Index.htm#


Gaston Studio said...

Good list. May I add... check weather stripping on windows and doors; insulation, especially in the attic, and thermal lined drapes.

The Pink Bird House said...

These are great tips for saving energy AND money, I know, cuz here in Germany and most parts of Europe they have done these things for a long time now. We got hit with financial crisis several years ago and suddenly everyone had to tighten their belts. It was hard, but these little things in life that we so take for granted, can be adjusted and money saved. Like the dryer. I use mine alot too, but when the sun comes out, I am out in the yard at the clothes line, hanging things in the breeze. Not only do I save money, but it makes me think back to when I was a kid and my mom would hang our things in the air. Love the smell of those clothes! Good post!!

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Mike Rogers said...

Good recommendations--there are a lot of simple things people can do. And there are deeper improvements that make homes more energy-efficient (and safer and more comfortable at the same time). An energy audit can help you figure out the steps that make the most sense for you and your home. Regarding the home energy audit, it’s important to get the right audit–accurate and actionable and looking at the right things like duct leakage, air infiltration, and equipment efficiency and combustion safety and an analysis of utility bills. For a bit more background on audits and additional links, follow my post at http://greenhomesamerica.wordpress.com/2009/05/07/home-energy-audits-2/
Thanks and good luck!