A dollar saved is a dollar earned, and if you save energy that your home is using, then you’re earning money by just being a smart homeowner! And most of the tips that you can follow are totally common sense, but that doesn’t mean that everyone takes the time to handle them appropriately.
And this particularly goes for the idea of saving money through energy loss; five ways specifically that your money goes out of your pocket through energy loss include heading out the roof, getting sucked into old appliances, out the doors and windows, out through lights that are unnecessarily left on, and into unused equipment that you leave plugged in.
Fix Your Roof Insulation
You’ll see plenty of evidence to suggest that one major loss of energy, and thus money, from your house goes directly up through the roof because of a lack of proper insulation. This is a surprisingly easy fix as well, though it’s not necessarily something that you can do on your own. Depending on your style of roof, you may have to have a contractor come in to either lay more insulation down or put the blower kind up in the attic space.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
One overlooked way to save money on energy is by going all in when it comes to buying energy efficient appliances. Buy purchasing furnaces, air conditioners, computer equipment, TVs, monitors, printers, and even kitchen appliances that are all energy efficient, you’ll see quite a reduction in monthly energy bills. And though there’s an initial sunk cost, that will eventually pay for itself, plus the fact that you’ll have modern equipment.
Take Care of Drafty Doors and Windows
And with your roof properly insulated now, the next way that money leaks from your home is out of drafty windows and doors. To help yourself fight against this, following window and door sealing tips, and it will only cost you a few dollars to potentially save a lot of money, depending on the size of your house and the season you’re in.
Turn Off the Lights
Although many people have switched to lower power lights such as CFL and LED, that doesn’t mean that you should just leave them on all the time. Even if you’re only saving a few dollars a day by making sure unused lights are turned off, that will turn into a lot of money over the years.
Unplug Unused Equipment
And did you know that lots of times equipment that you have on that you aren’t using but are still plugged in can drain your electrical supply too? Things like CD decks, audio amplifiers, or even gaming systems can continually cost you money if they’re plugged in, even if you aren’t using them!
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