Learn how to save money and energy by making your home more energy efficient.

Love saving money? Then you want to make your home more energy efficient! You don’t have to make any huge, drastic changes to see the savings add up. By making some small changes, you can lower your home’s energy usage while also bringing down your bills. Daniel Tate, CEO of Energy Alabama, has five great ways to make your home more energy efficient to help save you money.  

Energy Efficient = Money Savings

September 8, 2016

Learn how to save money and energy by making your home more energy efficient.

Love saving money? Then you want to make your home more energy efficient! You don’t have to make any huge, drastic changes to see the savings add up. By making some small changes, you can lower your home’s energy usage while also bringing down your bills. Daniel Tate, CEO of Energy Alabama, has five great ways to make your home more energy efficient to help save you money.

 “If we are thinking holistically about energy, it’s not just about kilowatts and bills, but about things you buy, the way you use things, and how long things last. To be truly efficient, you need to work towards getting every ounce of productivity over the long term. By doing this, you will save energy by being more sustainable,” Daniel Tate, CEO of Energy Alabama.

Upgrade lighting


Switch out incandescent bulbs to either LED or CFL bulbs. These use as little as 1/10 the energy and work just as well. An average home uses about 5% of its energy budget on lighting; you can lower your bill by about $75 simply by switching your five most-used lighting fixtures to ENERGY STAR certified bulbs.

 

Seal ducts and reduce air leakage


Air leakage caused by windows, doors, ducts and other household trouble spots leads to wasting energy and money. By sealing these, you’ll not only save money and utilize energy more efficiently, you’ll also benefit from a better indoor environment and stabilize the temperature in your home. Find tips for sealing air leaks here

 

Upgrade appliances


Appliances account for about 12% of your energy bill, and if you’re using old, outdated ones, they could be using much higher amounts of energy, resources, and money. For instance, if your refrigerator was made before 1993, it uses twice the amount of energy used by new models, according to energystar.gov.

Insulate


Adding insulation to your home, especially if it is older, is a great way to improve the energy usage in your home. To figure out if your home needs insulation, look into having a home energy audit or follow these guidelines to inspect your insulation yourself.  This Home Energy Saver calculator can help you estimate the cost and the rate of return.

Take care of your equipment


Maintaining your equipment, such as water heaters, air filters, windows, and faucets can help extend the life of these items and make them more efficient. Correcting minor problems and maintaining household equipment will improve their functions and help you avoid a major malfunction or breakdown, which will cost even more time, money, and energy.

Saving money and becoming more energy-efficient doesn’t have to be difficult! By making a few small changes, you can impact your energy footprint while saving on your bills. What could be better than that?!

Interested in learning more about energy efficiency and a world of sustainable energy? Attend the Sustainable Energy 101 course at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. Daniel Tate, CEO of Energy Alabama, will lead the course and cover an array of topics, including policy, economics and innovation in energy with a good dose of myth-busting mixed in.  

 

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