As we move into the heart of the summer, it can be difficult to find the balance between staying comfortable in your home and being energy efficient. If you are looking for tips on ways to trim your energy usage and cut your spending, check out these tips that range from upgrading appliances to altering your daily life styles to be more energy efficient.
- Using energy efficient appliances can make a positive change in your energy usage. You may have to spend to save but it will be beneficial in the long run if you are using appliances that are built to use less energy rather than continuing to use older appliances that are not quite up to date. Click here to read up on some of the ways Rey Homes helps our clients save money with Energy Efficient materials.
- Programmable thermostats, such as The Nest, learn your routines and help lower the energy consumption in your home. Not only will connected thermostats help you save, they also make your daily routine that much easier without having to worry about adjusting the thermostat when you leave or arrive at home. Rey Homes installs The Nest thermostat in every home we build in order to lower energy usage and help the owner save money.
Lighting! The light bulbs you choose for your home can make a crucial change in the energy usage and money you spend. One of the beneficial changes you can make, other than turning lights off when they are not in use, is using compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs). These light bulbs can help save up to 75% of energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs, so you will not have to replace them as often. Head to this website to find out more information about more efficient and money-saving light bulbs.
- Changes in lifestyle that will cost you absolutely nothing and make your daily tasks more enjoyable can also be energy efficient. Planning your heat generating tasks at cooler times of the day will use less energy. For example, plan to wash laundry first thing in the morning or later in the evening. Your house will be cooler at those times because of lower outside temperature, so added heat will not push your inside temperature to uncomfortable levels.
There are many options to conserving energy. You can turn off lights; unplug chargers and cords from the wall and use ceiling fans to cool a room. Locate televisions and lamps farther away from thermostats because the heat they produce when they are in use can cause your AC to work harder. Using any of these tips will be beneficial to your money and energy saving goals.