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How to Save Money by Saving Energy in Your Home

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Every year, millions of homeowners waste money on energy bills without realizing it. The thing is, a home uses multiple systems to function properly. That includes electricity, plumbing, HVAC, and more. If any of these aren’t working properly, there’s a good chance that money’s going down the drain.

One way to combat this problem is by switching to Energy Star appliances. Whether a water heater, furnace, air-conditioning system, or something else, the difference in what you pay each month for utilities will amaze you. Not only that, but your home will operate smoother.

To give you a better idea as to how you can save money simply by reducing energy consumption in your home, consider these examples.

Plumbing

Water waste is a big problem for households, but it’s also easily fixed. For starters, have any damaged pipes repaired or replaced as quickly as you can. Remember, even a small crack can lead to high bills and devastating results.

You might even want to have a professional check the type of material. In some instances, pipes might need updating, which would make them more efficient.

Take outside drainage pipes as a prime example. Unless inspected, you’d have no idea other than your costly water bill that a leak exists. If you suspect a problem, an expert can use specialized camera equipment to determine if there’s a leak or some other issue.

Of course, along with possible damage, you can reduce your monthly expenses by changing the way you do things. For instance, only run your dishwasher when completely full. Consider using a rain collector to cut back on the amount of water used to keep your lawn green. You can even switch to low-flow faucets and showerheads.

HVAC System

There are several ways to reduce energy and save money with your HVAC system. Here’s a great example.

Over time, ductwork in homes becomes dirty or clogged with pet hair and dander, dust and lint, and even animal and rodent feces. As these things accumulate, the HVAC system has to work harder to push air out into the home.

The simple solution to have the ductwork cleaned accomplishes two things.
First, it improves indoor air quality, which, in turn, eliminates the risk of someone becoming ill. Second, it allows the HVAC system to perform optimally.

As a result, there’s less wear and tear on the air-conditioning and furnace. Since they don’t have to run as long to achieve a comfortable temperature, you’ll spend less money.

You can do other things to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Another example.
Change the furnace filter as recommended by the manufacturer. Otherwise, the old filter becomes clogged, which prevents airflow. The little bit of air that does pass through is now compromised.

Additional Ideas

Along with the two examples mentioned, you can do a lot more to save energy and therefore, money. Here are some suggestions:

Air Dry

Rather than run your dishwasher through the drying cycle, open the door and allow the dishes to air dry. The same goes for laundry. Put up a clothesline outside to dry clothes rather than use your dryer.

Water Heater

Instead of setting your water heater at the hottest temperature, turn it down to about 120-degrees Fahrenheit. Not only will that reduce energy, but also prevent scalding burns.

Filters

As stated, be sure to replace furnace filters. However, you should also replace the filters for your air-conditioning unit and the heat pump. Preferably, do this once a month, more if needed.

Regular Maintenance

Having home equipment checked regularly is critical to lower your bills. In fact, it’s one of the important things you’ll do as a homeowner.
During the process, a licensed professional will look at all operating parts and systems to make sure they’re working correctly. With this, the technician can catch a problem before it spirals out of control.

Fresh Air

During the summertime, give your air conditioner a break by opening the windows. Even if you do this at night, it’ll help. In the winter, weather-strip all doors and windows. Also, turn the thermostat down and use electric blankets.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to save money just by making your home more energy-efficient. It’s all worth it.

Article written by:

I am a writer and reporter for the clean energy sector, I cover climate change issues, new clean technologies, sustainability and green cars. Danny Ovy

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