Save Money on Your Home with Simple Energy Saving Tips

Saving money without leaving home just got easier with our easy-to-follow guide. From simply conserving energy by turning the lights off in unused rooms to government incentive programs, you can find the best options for your needs.

Did you know the average American household spends $2,000 on energy costs each year, with nearly 30% of those costs spent on appliances, lighting, and electronics according to the Environmental Protection Agency? With 10% of that amount going to your lighting alone, it’s clear lowering at least part of your energy consumption is as easy as flicking a switch.

Even if you’re currently a renter (and, therefore don’t own appliances and windows), there are plenty of options to help renters lower their energy costs. Browse the energy saving tips below to see what works for you.

Make Efficient Choices

When you know what choices cost you the most, it’s easy to make small changes in your favor.

  • Take the time to assess your home for energy efficiencies with this government energy-usage assessment tool. Some power companiesand libraries also have portable energy meters you may check out to measure the voltage, electricity cost, and electronic consumption of your appliances.
  • It does help to turn off your lights and applianceswhen not in use.
  • Unplug unnecessary equipment, such as seldom-used audio equipment and computer printers and enable the power-saving options on video consoles.
  • When reheating food, remember that a microwave uses less energy thana conventional oven. Plus, you can reheat your food in a matter of minutes!
  • Browse this handful of money-saving clothes-washing tipsthat include washing your clothes in cold water, using cold-water detergents, and regularly cleaning out the dryer lint filter.
  • Lower your water temperature to 120 degrees and save anywhere between $36 and $61 per year.
  • Be smart about your interior climate. Lower your thermostat by 5 or even 10 degrees at night or when you’re not at home. Open drapes and blinds on sunny windows to warm your house in the winter; close them in the summer to keep the heat out.
  • Regularly replace your HVAC filter. Dirty filters reduce air flowand cause your furnace or heat pump to work harder.

Invest in Energy-Efficient Items

Even small investments can make large differences in your yearly energy savings. What’s more, rebates and tax credits can help further defray the cost of purchasing more energy-efficient items.

Energy Savings Resources

Looking for more great ideas to conserve your energy usage and make a positive impact on your wallet? Plenty of resources exist online for everyone from homebuilders to renters when it comes to saving energy costs. Look for government-backed programs like the ones below or conduct a search for “energy saving incentives” and the name of your state to get started.

Focus on Energy: www.focusonenergy.com

Run by the Federal Energy Management Program, this initiative encourages Americans to make energy efficient choices through incentives like tax credits and rebates.

Energy Star: www.energystar.gov

Run by the Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star encourages Americans to save money and protect the climate through energy efficiency.

Energy Saving Incentives by State

Saving money by saving energy is in everyone’s best interest because it preserves the health of our planet. By putting in a little energy of your own into reducing your energy costs, your wallet will feel healthier, too.

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