Top Five Tips For Home Energy-Efficiency

The debate over climate change continues to rage unabated, but
regardless of your own opinions on the subject, everyone can agree that
cutting down on energy waste is always a good idea. If you haven’t
assessed your home energy usage recently, maybe making some changes are
in order. There are literally hundreds of steps you could take and it’s
easy to become overwhelmed: so here is a short Tip Five list of tips to
help you get started.

1. Reconsider your laundry habits: A
typical American household does 400 or so loads of laundry a year. At 43
gallons for a full load, that’s a lot of water! Plus, 90 percent of
energy consumed is used to heat the water. Try consolidating your
family’s laundry so that you are always doing full loads and use cold
water for both wash and rinse cycles as much as possible. Clothes dryers
are huge energy hogs: how about line-drying instead? Your clothes will
last longer and smell fresher too.

2. Fridge facts: 18 percent
of a household’s electricity usage goes toward keeping that
all-important refrigerator up and running. You can help it cool more
efficiently by keeping coils clean and moving the fridge four or more
inches away from the wall to keep the motor from overheating. If your
unit is more than 10 years old, it’s time to invest in a newer, more
energy-efficient model.

3. Plug the leaks: Whether it goes out
the chimney or under the door, you may be losing a lot of your hot or
cool air through leakage. Add more insulation, close the flue, install
more weather stripping, or invest in replacement windows. These are
changes that will pay off over time through reduced monthly energy
bills, and you’ll feel great about putting an end to all that waste.

4. In the shower: It doesn’t cost much at all, and the simple act of
installing a high-efficiency shower head will save an average household
about 7,800 gallons of water a year! A lower flow head will save a
whopping 44 gallons per shower: that’s nearly half the water usage of a
conventional shower head.

5. Go high-efficiency with heating and
cooling: Today’s furnaces and air conditioning systems are head and
shoulders over the models that were installed just 15 years ago. If
you’re still using older models, you’re literally throwing hundreds of
dollars a year away. Depending on the efficiency level of the models you
choose, you can knock 20 to 30 percent or more off your monthly energy
bills. Contact your Utah heating contractor or a contractor in the state
where you live for more details.

These are just a few of the many actions that will
help boost the efficiency of your cooling system and keep your monthly
costs down.