You don’t have to overhaul your home to make it more energy-efficient! There are many simple yet effective things that you can do to conserve energy at home. Here are a few.
Insulate the water heater. Adding an insulation blanket around a water heater can be a simple and inexpensive way to cut energy loss. Water heaters manufactured within the last 10 years or so have more insulation than older models. Older heaters with an R-value of less than 24 could benefit from insulation, which could result in savings of 4-9% in water heating costs. A water tank that needs insulation will feel noticeably warmer than its surroundings.
Turn down the water heater temperature. Hot water heating accounts for 18% of energy consumption in the average home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. By turning down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F), you’ll prevent burns while saving 6-10% annually on water heating costs.
Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs. Highly efficient light bulbs use less power to give off the same amount of light, and last longer to boot. Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs last 10 times longer than incandescents, while LEDs last 25 times longer. When shopping for bulbs, only buy those that have the ENERGY STAR® label.
Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to lower the temperature when no one is home and at night when everyone is sleeping, and raise it at the times you select. By turning the thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours, you can save 5-15% a year on your heating bill. Again, be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® label when replacing your system.
Insulate around windows and doors. There are often gaps around the framing of doors and windows which allow air to flow through. Adding weatherstripping around doors, and caulking around doors and windows, can stop loss of the indoor air you’ve paid to heat.
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