Do you want to save money? Think you’ve tried everything to cut your costs? Well, here are some fabulous tips on Energy Efficiency in your home from Uma Campbell. You are going to love the infographic she has to share!
What’s Eating Your Energy?
What uses the most energy in your home – Intro
What’s eating up your energy? No, not your job, lifestyle, kids, etc… literally eating your energy – as in your electric bill? Maybe it’s the refrigerator? Could it be the dishwasher – should you run it less often? Or, the hot water heater – turn it down a little?
A couple of additional degrees of heat when the winter wind howls feels pretty good at the time, but that coziness comes at a cost. Older houses were built when energy like coal and gas was inexpensive, and these dated mechanical systems can really take a bite out of your budget. Older appliances like washers, dryers, and freezers weren’t manufactured to be energy efficienct, or with the size of your carbon footprint in mind. So, maybe it’s time to find those extra energy calories – the ones that are adding up over time to big, bloated energy use. Time to take a look at your “eating” habits, or how you’re consuming energy at your house.
Maybe, the best way to think about it is to think about energy use in the same way you think about the calories you eat. Healthy eaters know how to cut calories by employing small steps that add up over time. You’ve read the recommendations – sparkling water instead of sugary pop, crunchy carrots instead of potato chips. It’s not dieting, exactly, it’s a lifestyle change, because these folks know that extra calories here and there add up over time to big, unwanted weight gain.
Similarly, with just a few practical, cost-cutting steps, you can trim your energy use and boost your energy efficiency just like healthy eaters cut calories and make better “meal” choices. Here are practical, economical ways to cut your energy bill by making your older appliances more efficient. Plus, steps you can take to make your house retain heat in cooler weather and stay cool during the hotter months with just a few adjustments. You will also find new ideas to make your house the most energy-efficient house it can be.
Make your house – whatever its age – more energy effective, and discover where your energy dollars are being wasted.
Embracing a healthy energy style–good for your wallet and good for the planet too.
Uma has certainly shared some brilliant tips and ideas to increase the energy efficiency of our homes. What an awesome infographic! I hope you have discovered things that will help you save money.
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I go around unplugging and turning off things like crazy in my home. We even use a clothesline to save on energy. It makes me smile to think we are cutting down on our energy bill! Unfortunately, we will be replacing our central unit this year but on the bright side, that act will save us in the long run.
When I was growing up I remember my dad walking around the house turning off the lights of a room no one was in and saying “save a nickel.” My sister and I would roll our eyes and laugh. I’m not rolling them any more. 🙂
Winter was mild and our electric bill hasn’t been as high, but summer is when ours really goes crazy because of the heat.
Our bills are out of hand. It’s the little things that make a big difference for sure. Thanks for the tips!
Glad you found these tips helpful, Minh! It is amazing how staying on top of the little things can make such a big difference. 🙂
My husband keeps up with that kind of stuff but we often discuss ways to cut down on things like heat and gas bills. It seems like different homes have different rates. I find that in our previous home, our electricity was a bit higher. But here, the gas seems higher. Even still, we have to be active with turning things off to keep cost low.
Oh yes, each house is definitely different–the way windows and doors fit, the weather, locations of things like water heaters, etc… and it all makes a difference. 🙂
I am the one in the house who always turns everything off & keeps an eye on heat-probably because I am also the one who pays it, lol! Thanks for sharing this great information. #HomeMattersParty
Now this is an interesting post. I learned a lot from it. Tweeted it too…I think many people need this information. Glad to be party of the #HomeMattersParty