Top 5 Energy Saving Strategies for Homeowners in 2014

These days, energy savings isn’t just about saving a few dollars – it’s about saving the planet. There are a lot of new climate and weather reports showing that global warming isn’t just a threat – it is here to stay. But the truly shocking revelation is that it will get exponentially worse if we don’t do something about it. As a homeowner, there are a lot of methods you can take to cut down your energy usage. You may be making a few sacrifices, but nothing major. Some of these sacrifices are merely compromises. By reducing your energy usage and your carbon footprint, your home will feel better and your conscience will be much cleaner. Here are the top five energy saving strategies for homeowners in 2014.

  1. Install a programmable home utility system. There are many smart phone and tablet application systems that allow you to not only control your thermostat, but also the lighting inside your home. Some of these systems are moderately expensive, but with the energy savings, it will be well worth it. The best part is that most of these systems adapt to your environment and give you tips to be more energy efficient.
  2. Reduce all the drafts inside your home. One of the most common energy wasters is our heating and air conditioning system. However, most of the time it has nothing to do with our HVAC system – it has to do with how many drafts or energy leaks there are inside our home. You can take the manual route and find the drafts yourself or you can hire a special company to test for drafts and give your home an energy audit. Once you have a map of all your energy leaks, you can take measures to seal them.
  3. Make sure that your ductwork is cleaned and sealed. Overtime, ductwork can get very dirty – to the point where you are pretty much blowing out dust and other detritus, like mold and mildew. To avoid this, you want to scrub your ductwork clean. You may also want to take measures to seal your ductwork. Duct sealing requires a careful attention to detail, especially to find the leaks.
  4. Unplug all your gadgets whenever you can. As a homeowner, it is critical that you unplug all gadgets that aren’t in use. This includes cell phones and computers that are fully charged and even that television in the guest room that nobody uses. You may also want to unplug items before you go out of town. Even when electronics aren’t plugged in, they are still using a modicum of energy.
  5. Cut down on the use of your air conditioner and heating system. Your HVAC system is a huge source of inefficiency and it is contributing to the millions of tons of green house gasses that get released into the atmosphere. So, you may want to think about using alternative methods to warm and cool your home, like solar energy or geothermal energy. In the end, the more sustainable the source of energy, the more you will save.

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