Do you have to keep changing those pesky light bulbs, the ones that are difficult to change and used frequently? Have you considered how much it costs to keep replacing them? What about the energy they use?
Have you found that your heating and air conditioning bills have gone up unexplainably? Perhaps you are renting and not certain of the condition of the insulation in the attic.
Money is tight these days for practically everyone. So those of us who do not have a magical money tree to water and grow unlimited funds need to look for ways to save month to month.
Our homes are a perfect place to start as there are numerous expenses that are within our control to lower. All that is needed is an awareness and willingness.
Let’s start with our heating and air conditioning bills. No matter where one lives, they will be faced with this inevitable utility bill. When we let certain parts of our home go without proper maintenance, this utility bill can skyrocket.
The attic is an area often overlooked by homeowners and renters alike. Typically we pay it little attention until something goes wrong.
When the topic of insulation comes up, many of us shiver at the memory of helping a relative when we were kids remove and install home insulation. The memories of how the insulation made our skin itch linger.
While having a do-it-yourself attitude is respectable, nobody likes the hassle that comes with home insulation. The removal in and of itself is a painstaking process, and if not handled properly can spread harmful containments all through your home.
In addition, many do not know that installing too much insulation is harmful. It can lead to an overworked HVAC system which in turn creates possible moisture and mold issues.
Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau have lists of reputable attic insulation services providers. If in doubt about your attic’s insulation, be proactive rather than reactive.
There are countless other ways to lower your energy costs at home. Do you have a second refrigerator in the garage? Is your thermostat programmable? Have a propensity to reheat food in the oven rather than the microwave?
These may seem trivial, yet the savings that can be accrued for your home’s energy expenses are noteworthy. Every penny does add up, as our parents or grandparents stressed to us at a very early age.
By ridding yourself of that energy draining second refrigerator, having a programmable thermostat, and reheating food in the microwave versus the oven, you have made a great beginning on a lifetime of lower energy bills.
Walking through any major retailer that sells home products, and strolling down the light bulb aisles can raise one’s awareness of the energy saving phenomenon that is upon us.
Energy-Efficient lightbulbs are here to stay. By replacing those old bulbs with energy-efficient ones, you can expect a longer life span of the bulb (many times 3 to 25 times longer), as well as a reduced energy drain (traditionally 25-80% less than the traditional bulbs).
Now is the time to start saving and living in a more energy efficient home. In the end, you will save not only money. You will also have a cleaner home and conscious knowing you are doing what is right.