Making your home more energy efficient and greener not only helps the environment and saves you money, but in the long run it will add value to your home's worth.
Almost every area of your house can be made more energy efficient, from fixing leaking faucets to sealing window and door drafts to improving the insulation in your attic to replacing old appliances.
Savings that run hot and cold
About 60% of your home's energy costs come from heating and cooling, while another 20% are from hot water. Making sure you have the most energy-efficient appliances is your first step.
Almost all energy providers have government-mandated programs that offer homeowners rebates and incentives to replace older, energy gobbling furnaces and air conditioners with high-efficiency units.
Here are 7 other ways to save energy and money:
- Replace old fridges and freezers that are huge consumers of electricity. Look for incentives to do so from the government or your power company.
- CFL or LED bulbs can use up to 75% less electricity and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically lower or raise the temperature by a few degrees at night, or when you are away.
- When purchasing appliances, be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol that identifies energy efficient products.
- Wash your laundry in cold water.
- Use motion sensor switches and timers to turn exterior lights on and off automatically.
- Ceiling fans cost pennies to operate and can lower the temperature in a room by up to 2 degrees. In the winter, reverse them to force warm air down.
Talk to an MCAP specialist about your plans to create an energy smart home. We can help finance a new furnace or air conditioning purchase. Call today.
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