Mar 042012

Individuals have a lot of reasons for adopting a green lifestyle, but saving money is somewhere on the list. The furnace probably consumes the most energy in your house so you have to make sure it’s in good working condition. Heating the house accounts for 60% of home energy utilization. The filter in the furnace must be replaced every couple of months in order to be work properly. A greener option is to purchase a reusable filter and wash the filter when needed. They might be initially expensive, but in the long haul they will pay for themselves, costing much less than the number of disposable filters you would otherwise have to purchase. Merely by doing some basic maintenance, you can up the efficiency of your furnace by 50%.

filter in the furnaceA lot of energy is used up when everyone is sleeping so it’s wise to install a programmable thermostat. Keeping the temperature several degrees lower when no one is home will save money too.

If you install an insulation blanket for your hot water heater, you can save money also. These blankets are not that hard to obtain and are simple to install. You can save a bunch of money in the first year of setting up a blanket since it keeps the heat from escaping.

programmable thermostatOne other option is to use a tankless hot water system. It is something for you to try, especially if your hot water tank is old and in need of replacing. Instead of heating the whole tank of water, and keep it heated, you can get the water heated as you need it. These heaters use less energy than typical tanks and can save you as much as 50% off your energy costs. You can save a lot of money and energy by keeping your home cool naturally. Your home can be kept cool with a simple ceiling fan and keeping the screens and drapes shut. If you have an air conditioner leave it at 75 degrees and only use it on extremely hot days.

Compact fluorescent lightbulbsAnother thing that you can do that costs a little in the beginning but will save in the long term is replacing your incandescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs can last up to 10 times longer, and use 75% less electrical energy.

You will not just save money but you will have a lot less rubbish to dispose. You can save as much as $30 annually by changing just five bulbs. The most effective thing that you can do is to just turn the lights off when you don’t need them. Most of us are guilty of doing this, so if we all changed, a lot of electricity would be saved.

switch the lightsIf people can switch the lights off whenever they leave the room, then they could do the same for all electrical gadgets.
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