Pay attention to your water heating. Adjust your water heater to a lower setting if you can. Insulate hot water pipes and use efficient showerheads and faucets. You’ll not only save water, but energy as well. Insulating your hot water tank and hot water pipes can also lower energy bills, especially in the summer when you are trying to keep your house cool. Solar hot water systems are also a cost effective way to heat your water with renewable energy.
Light up your life, efficiently. The future is almost here. You probably are aware that Compact Fluorescent Lamps, or CFLs, are more efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs. Now, you can also buy Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs. These bulbs provide even better efficiency than CFLs and can be expensive, but they are more robust, have a far longer lifespan and can produce light that is more comparable to an incandescent bulb.
Buy ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR appliances and other products provide the same performance as conventional appliances but use less energy.
Program your home’s climate. A programmable thermostat is one of the most cost effective ways to save energy.
Go all out. Conduct an energy audit on your home. You’ll receive a customized list of energy efficient actions you can take. Many contractors list efficiency items from least to most expensive so you can prioritize which actions you want to take. Just remember that some of the more expensive items can give you the biggest financial bang for your buck in the long run. The contractor can also give you an idea of how many years it will take to see the payback to help you select efficiency options that will work best for you and your budget.
Go Solar. Photovoltaic energy has never been more affordable. Several solar companies make it easy for homeowners to install solar panels and save money on energy bills., Be sure to become as efficient as possible first so you can properly evaluate your needs and get the most affordable and properly-sized solar (or other renewable) system to meet your needs. Solar hot water systems are also a way to harness the sun’s energy to heat your home’s water.