Top 9 Home Energy Suckers

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Living a greener life can start with simple changes around your home. Have you ever stopped to think about how much electricity your home is consuming every month? You probably do every time you get your electric bill, but otherwise it may not be in the forefront of you daily concerns. Making these 9 changes around your home will not only lower your energy bill, they will also help out the environment. So really, there isn’t a good reason not to give them a try. Start by looking at the older elements of your home. Things like drafty windows, old insulation and an old thermostat can all lead to higher energy costs around your home. Consider replacing your old windows or buying products that help plug up any holes or drafts. Replacing your insulation may seem like a big job, but just start simple with your attic. That one change can make a big difference during every season. The newer technology in thermostats allows them to be “smarter” about temperature control in your home. There is no point is wasting energy when no one is in the house. Some other simple, yet effective switches that you can make around the home include getting rid of incandescent light bulbs, changing hot water usage in your daily life, and turning off and unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use. If you don’t have the money to invest in some of the larger changes, start by taking the time to make the changes that won’t cost you a dime. In fact, they will end up saving you a bunch of dimes!

While consumers are eager to upgrade to new computers and phones, the poor thermostat is one household device that gets ignored despite its central role in the home. While it’s not the thermostat itself gobbling up energy, it can be a pain to control, allowing heating to remain on even when no one’s home. New easy-to-use touchscreen models come equipped with apps so that heating and cooling systems can be adjusted from anywhere, or “learn” a household’s habits and heat/cool accordingly.

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