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More and more homeowners are taking steps towards maintaining a sustainable lifestyle, and that includes reducing their home’s impact on the environment. By implementing a few green strategies, homeowners can reduce their energy costs and their carbon footprint.
In addition to practicing obvious energy-saving habits, like turning the lights off when you leave a room, there are other simple ways for family to significantly reduce their home’s energy consumption.
The Department of Energy offers several steps homeowners can take to lower their home’s energy bills:
1. Install and set a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats effortlessly change a home’s temperature settings during the day, enabling homeowners to consume less energy while away or asleep. Homeowners can save an estimated 10 percent per year on heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).
2. Take advantage of sunlight. In the daytime, turn off artificial lights and let windows and skylights brighten your home.
3. Switch to Energy Star appliances, fans, and electronics. On average, Energy Star appliances use 10 to 20 percent less energy than standard appliances.
4. Change to energy-efficient lighting. While energy-efficient bulbs are more expensive off the shelf, they are cost efficient in the long run. According to the DOE, you can save $75 a year in energy costs by simply replacing five of your home’s most frequently used lights with Energy Star bulbs.
5. Reduce your water heating expenses. Water heating is a major contributor to any home’s total energy consumption. Look for more-efficient water heater models to curb costs.
6. Clean your HVAC filters regularly. Make sure HVAC and furnace filters aren’t clogged by checking and replacing your air filters regularly.
7. Use a power strip for your electronic equipment. Plugging your electronic devices into a power strip — and turning it off when it’s not being used — can save you up to $100 a year.
8. Reduce leaks with better insulation. Insulation plays a vital role in lowering utility bills by retaining heat during winter months, and alternatively, keeping heat out of your home during summer months.
9. Consider the energy source for your major appliances. Whether you’re replacing aging appliances or adding new ones to your home, propane appliances offer reliable comfort, better savings, and sustainable living. Propane outperforms other energy sources hands down and can power a wide variety of appliances in your home such as kitchen appliances, fireplaces, clothes dryers, furnaces, water heaters, and standby generators.
Working toward sustainable living doesn’t have to be difficult, it’s as simple as changing your day-to-day behaviors. Putting these steps into action can help transform your home’s energy consumption, ultimately benefiting you and the environment you live in.