Note: this is part 2 of my home energy saving tips. You can find tips 1 through 3 here:
Tip No. 4 – Save Energy by Boosting the Efficiency of Your HVAC System
There are many saving energy tips that can help you boost the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system. For example, replacing an older furnace with a more energy efficient model works well, although it’s expensive. Instead of discussing tips that can help you save energy but are expensive to implement, I’ll mention some saving energy tips that are cheap as well as effective. Checking your duct work for leaks and sealing any and all leaks with foil tape is one of the best ways you can boost the efficiency of your furnace, because then the heated air will go where you want it. You can also adjust your window coverings to match the season. Most of the sunlight in the northern hemisphere comes from the south, so during the winter daylight you should open any southern-facing window coverings to let in the heat and sunlight. Close those same window coverings in the summer to reduce the amount of heat coming in with the sunlight.
Tip No. 5 – Check Your Refrigerator
Your refrigerator runs continuously throughout the day and night, making it the home appliance that consumes the most energy. To save energy, it’s essential to ensure that your refrigerator is running as efficiently as possible. Check the door seal to make sure it’s airtight. It’s easy to do – just place a piece of paper halfway in and halfway out of the door, and then close the door. If the paper slides easily when you lightly pull on it, you need to replace the seal. A seal that’s not airtight means your refrigerator is operating at a dramatically reduced efficiency. If you have an older refrigerator, consider replacing it with a new, more energy-efficient model. I know not everyone can afford to do this, but the expense will pay off in the long run.
Tip No. 6 – Build a Solar Water Heater
The hot water heater in your home is another huge energy hog, and that’s why building a solar water heater is one of the best tips to save energy in your home. A Batch Collector is cheap to build and it’s easy and straightforward, too. Place it in a nice sunny spot in your back yard. You can do the plumbing that’s required, because it’s minimal. Some great plans and guides are available online, and they can walk you through the entire project from beginning to end.
Tip No. 7 – Build a Solar Power System for Your Home
After you’ve increased the efficiency of your home by implementing the previous saving energy tips, the next step involves generating your own electricity by building a solar power system for your home. It’s important to do this after you’ve put the previous tips into action, because the solar power system you need can be smaller and less expensive if you’ve made your home more efficient. You won’t need to spend a ton of money on a solar power system. In fact, many people are building home solar power systems quite inexpensively, and they’re able to save energy and money as a result.
Good energy saving plans and guides are available to help you, just like with the solar water heater. There’s no doubt that if you follow these saving energy tips, your small amount of effort will let you save energy and money. You can take it to the bank.