by Dale Rogerson
(Miami, Florida, US)
It is not unusual for homeowners to look into the prospect of owning a more energy efficient home.
If not for the purpose of being eco-friendly, it is for the intent of saving a few extra dollars on monthly bills and the maintenance of their homes in general, so in short, their reasons stem from a more personal financial basis.
Whatever the reason, making your home “greener” can have significant benefits in your day to day life. If you are an Earth activist, it can make you feel as if you are contributing to the health of the Earth.
If you are someone who is looking to save money, you will effectively save more than you ever thought you could. Whatever your reasons forsaving energy, there are definite legitimate ways to do it. Below are a few of those ways.
For a mere $10, you can purchase a water jacket heater. Water jacket heaters can prove to create extra insulation within your house which means warmer water.
Warmer water of course is useful especially if the heater that you have is stationed in typically cooler places like your basement or your garage.
For $10-$15, you can improve and/or replace the weather stripping typically placed on doors. The weather stripping will trap in the air that tends to seep through the cracks of doors, which in the end will help save money spent on cooling and heating bills.
For those who have fireplaces, try buying a fireplace plug for the fireplace. Open fireplaces act like open windows, which like the crack that lets the air seep underneath the door, allows for air to escape.
This can be cool air in the house, but also heat in the house during the winter months. Fire plugs will aid you with keeping that paid for heating and air inside of the house and let it stay there.
Use an aerosol form of insulating form as a way to air seal the house you live in. Using insulating foam can aid you with sealing up areas that can potentially be a problem in your home, or areas that are already a problem in your home.
For example, the attic. By using insulating foam to seal up your home, losing heat through cracks that could potentially be within the structure’s foundation will be altogether prevented.
If the circuit breakers of air conditioners or central furnaces are left on, it is estimated that a small amount of electrical power is used on a yearly basis.
Even during times when there seems to be no need for cold air or heat. When you do not use the heat or the air conditioner, the air conditioner and furnace circuit breakers should be switched to off.