We all have to pay a mortgage or rent at some point, not to mention the added burden of utilities and amenities like cable and internet. It’s not cheap! But there are ways you can reduce your utility costs, one of those ways is by saving money on your energy use.
Modern homes and appliances are built to reduce the amount of energy required to run them. Better insulation, more effective lightening – the works. Choosing Energy Star appliances is a great way to lower costs. With modern luxuries, however, comes a plethora of gadgets and gizmos that require power. Don’t leave cell phones, lap tops or tablets plugged in consistently. From countertop appliances to tech gadgets, unplug whatever is not in use.
Choose energy saving LED bulbs and use them everywhere in your home. Don’t forget less obvious spots like the garage, porch light and inside your refrigerator.
Control Your Atmosphere
Keeping your home at a slightly lower temperature and putting on an extra layer of clothing can save you a bundle, particularly in the winter. In the summer months, keeping your shades drawn will help minimize the sunlight from roasting through your windows and cancelling out your air conditioning. The same goes for using your appliances. Don’t leave the refrigerator open for extended periods and choose to wash your clothes in cold water.
Energy is a finite resource for the time being. Until more everyday people begin harnessing their own energy via solar or wind power, we have to be mindful of our energy usage. The more we use, the more it costs us. This is an important consideration when house hunting because the bigger the home, the more it costs to power it. Shop smart!