With the arrival of warmer weather, it can be a challenge to keep your home cool and comfortable, yet keep your energy bills in check. By taking steps now to make your home more environmentally friendly, you'll not only help save natural resources, but you'll save money, too.
With air conditioners and appliances running throughout the summer, it's easy to burn up energy and raise costs. In fact, the energy used in the average house is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions than the average car, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To help you get started in "greening" your home, Handyman Matters offers these tips to help you.
Pre-set indoor temperatures. One of the easiest and simplest things you can do is get a programmable thermostat installed. It will allow you to cut cooling costs up to 6 percent for every degree you raise your thermostat in the summer. Some models allow you to pre-set temperatures for every day of the week to match your family's comings and goings. Handyman Matters
professional craftsmen can install one in your home so you can start saving today.
Reduce energy, increase home comfort. For efficient air conditioning, make sure your system meets the newest government energy standards. For example, you can save up to 47 percent on heating and air conditioning costs while reducing greenhouse gas at the same time. Be sure and check out the current economic stimulus package in your area to see if installing these items qualify for tax rebates.
Lights out, costs down. Increasing your lighting efficiency is one of the fastest ways to decrease your electricity bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Turn lights off when you leave the room or add in a dimmer to see instant energy savings. Installing an occupancy sensor that automatically turns lights on and off when someone enters and leaves the room will also save energy and money. For example, you can save up to 50 percent energy when replacing a standard light switch with a dimmer light switch. Ask your local Handyman Matters
about installing new light switches in popular rooms around your home.
Shut out high energy bills. Your exterior door may be contributing to your home's overall energy usage. Newer models often fit and insulate better than older models and replacing your old door often reaps both energy- and money-saving benefits. Handyman Matters suggests you look for models that create a tight seal and will keep the outside air out in order to keep energy bills low.
There are many other simple ways you can reduce energy costs around your home. Even small acts of green can make a difference. Handyman Matters recommends simple savers such as turning off your computer and monitor when not in use; lowering the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees; taking short showers instead of baths and washing only full loads of dishes and clothes. Contact your local Handyman Matters office for more ideas on going green and keeping your energy costs low. Click here
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