Reducing power consumption in your home is good for the planet and good for your wallet. The key to achieving this goal begins with figuring out what drives up the power usage in your home. This may not be one thing, either, it could be a combination of factors that are preventing your home from running most efficiently.
Use Newer Appliances
Older appliances can be a drag not only on how well they work but also on power usage in your home. Appliance usage accounts for nearly a third of your energy bill, and refrigerators and clothes dryers are some of the biggest power users. Newer large appliances typically use around 25 percent less energy than older appliances. Plus, in newer appliances like refrigerators, it is easier to control the temperature for optimum efficiency and performance. In many new dishwashers, you have the option to set the water temperature a bit lower than what is standard, which can save you in water heating costs. New washing machines use both less water and take less time per cycle.
Install Renewable Energy
Incorporating renewable energy into your home is another way to reduce overall power consumption. Installing solar panels on the roof of your home may be a good option. Solar power cuts CO2 emissions and reduces your monthly energy bill. If you have space on your property, free-standing small wind turbines can be installed. Check your local laws and regulations in your area, as well as any benefits of installing renewable energy.
Seal the Envelope of Your Home
Air leaks from windows and doors may seem small but they can have a huge impact on your power use. Poor performing windows and doors can both leak air out of your home as well as let air into your home. For windows, identify locations where a draft is coming in and reseal that area with new caulk or apply weathertight strips. Installing a new sweep to the bottom of your door can keep these openings air-tight.
In addition to these changes, there is, even more, you can do. Turn up your thermostat when you are not home. Set your water heater a few degrees cooler. Change out your incandescent light bulbs for LEDs. You can use less power in your home without affecting your quality of life or making large sacrifices.
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