With everyday expenses on the rise, individuals are looking for a way to catch a break. Taking just a few steps in investing in your home will have you saving a few extra bucks. Justifying saving a few bucks may seem like a hassle, but the financial returns are worth it. Just to show you how simple it is, I’ll be going over three quick and easy options to get you saving while being energy efficient.
1. Light Bulbs
Traditional incandescent light bulbs have been around for quite some time, and have served it’s purpose. With today’s movement of going green, new and more energy efficient light bulbs have been placed on the market to help make the switch. Three common energy efficient light bulbs would be the (Halogen Incandescent, (CFL) Compact Fluorescent Lamp and the (LED) Light Emitting Diode). According to energy.gov, simply changing such a small feature of your home, can effectively reduce your usage of electricity by 25%-80%. With new bulbs lasting 3-25 times longer, you won’t have to worry about changing them for a while.
During the summer months it can get uncomfortable without a cooling system in place. If completely turning off the cooling system is not an option, what is? It’s common to switch our thermostats to “cool” and never modify its settings. Most homes have the ability to control a specific cooling schedule. If you happen to be working throughout the day, your cooling system could take a break. Adjusting your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees will save you about 10% annually.
Appliances can be a costly initial investment. If it’s been awhile since you last updated, you might want to consider Energy-Star Appliances. Appliances ranging from induction stoves, washers, refrigerators and televisions are all apart of our day to day necessities. For example washers; Average American washers are used to wash about 300 loads per year. According to energystar.gov, by opting for an Energy Star Washer, you could be saving 25% less energy and 45% less water in comparison to regular washers. This will save you $45/yr on electricity, by using on average about 280 kWh/yr. New top and front loading washers have the capacity to wash more laundry and technologies such as high pressure spraying that all together make for one efficient washer.