If you recently purchased your first home, you might not know some important areas to save money. Here are the 4 main areas for energy savings in your home and how to get started cutting costs off your utility bill:
- Appliances & Electronics
About 20 percent of your home’s energy usage comes from appliances and electronic equipment. Purchasing energy efficient versions of televisions, refrigerators, washer and dryers, microwaves, among others can save you money overtime. Many energy efficient purchases offer rebates as well. Try to use appliances sparingly, such as only washing clothes when you have a full load, or hang drying clothes to dry.
It is good practice to use day lighting whenever possible and only turn on the lights when you need additional lighting. You might consider using energy efficient windows, skylights, or light tunnels to capitalize on day lighting in your home. Energy efficient lightbulbs will also help you save money.
- Water Heating
As much as 25 percent of your energy use can be attributed to heating your water. Solar water heaters can be a wise investment, and things like insulating your hot water pipes and heater, using a water timer, and taking quicker showers can also save money.
- Heating & Cooling
Some modern homes offer energy saving features like good orientation, evergreen windbreaks, and passive solar design. If you home does not have these features, then just be mindful of how you use your heating and cooling. Finding times during the day or night when the heat can be turned down to save you money during the winter season.
Try these tips this winter to save money on your energy bill, so you can simply enjoy your new home.