Start by using a "smart" thermostat for heating and cooling. An adjustment of just a few degrees can produce major savings! Don't forget to lower the thermostat on your water heater or better yet, buy an "on demand" system that only heats water when needed.
Landscaping is a naturally beautiful way to keep your home comfortable while decreasing your energy bills. A few strategically placed trees or shrubs can save a fortune on heating and cooling as they provide shelter from the winter winds and shade in the summer. Here are a few other ideas that will reduce your energy use:
- switch from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents
- use ceiling fans to save money on both heating and cooling
- service your air conditioner and furnace every year to maintain efficiency
- make sure your home's properly insulated and seal up any air leaks with foam
- use a front loading washing machine and clean your dryer’s lint tray after each use
Higher energy bills are a harsh reality for the rising number of people who work from home. To help minimize this expense, set up the sleep option so your computer automatically powers down when not in use and shut it off completely at the end of the day. You can also cut costs by positioning your desk to take advantage of natural light.
It doesn’t take that much work to implement energy saving solutions around the home but often times, it's the simple things that are usually overlooked. Make it your goal this year to take action! It’s important to do what we can not only to save money but also to help conserve the environment.