Installing energy saving devices around the home can help a homeowner spend less money. There are a number of options available ranging in price, but even the smallest of changes can make a big difference. Any room in the home has the possibility for positive change, but the homeowner must take the first step to get the ball rolling.
An energy audit is well-advised for homeowners and business owners alike. An audit looks at current and past utility bills, and looks for errors in the billing. However, it also gives the homeowner a list of ways to improve power efficiency. Some local utility companies will provide an audit to subscribers, or a professional auditor can be hired. It is all up to the homeowner on what works best for the property and the budget.
One of the easiest and most common switches is in the lighting. Changing to efficient lighting is cost effective and simple. CFL bulbs last up to 10 times longer than their counterparts, and they burn significantly cooler than incandescent bulbs. They do not hum or flicker, and CFL bulbs are safer for the environment because they do not contain mercury.
One of the nicest energy saving devices on the market today is the programmable thermostat. A single, inexpensive purchase can save the homeowner over $150 annually. In addition, it can provide a comfortable and consistent environment. It works by regulating the temperature of the home, reducing the work on the HVAC while the occupants are away or asleep. It is also safer than outdated thermostats because they do not contain mercury.
Energy Star encourages the increased use of products and practices that are more efficient. Purchasing new appliances with this logo will improve efficiency and result in lower utility bills. Consumers know that the logo means spending less money on utilities, but there are more advantages to ownership of these appliances. For instance, the appliances use less water, produce less waste, and operate quietly. In addition, there are fewer mechanical problems and that means a longer life for the appliance.
There are also alternative forms of power that help reduce dependence on the utility company and protect the environment. A geothermal system uses the earth’s heat to regulate a structure’s temperature. A photovoltaic (PV) solar array uses the power of the sun to provide a property with electricity. Switching to an alternative power source is a wise investment, and financing is typically rather easy. Any property can benefit from these energy saving devices, regardless of geographical location.
For older properties, it may be time to replace those windows. Not too long ago windows were simply thin sheets of glass placed in a frame. However, modern windows are a better option and are an easy way to improve efficiency. Those energy saving devices are also going to add significant value to the property and produce a comfortable temperature all year. Good windows are a positive investment for the homeowner that continually gives back.
Purchasing energy saving devices is all about improving efficiency. It lowers costly utility bills, and reduces the need to replace broken down appliances. While small changes make a big difference, big changes provide even greater results. The homeowner not only reduces their dependence on utility companies, but the homeowner is also helping to reduce pollutants and toxic chemicals that injure the environment and people.