If you’re planning to make a big purchase, do you shop around to find the best price? You probably do this because you’re financially savvy and you know ways to stretch a dollar. But looking for the best price is not the only way to help you save money; you should consider ways to reduce your energy bills, because having a home that is not energy efficient is like sending the cash in your wallet out an open window- it’s silly and it can be prevented! Improving your home’s energy efficiency can help you spend less while reducing your impact on the environment; a win-win situation! The professionals at Window Nation would like to offer a few energy efficiency tips for homeowners to help you reduce your energy bills while making your home a little more eco-friendly! To create an energy efficient home, we recommend following these bits of advice:
- Install a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to make sure the heat or A/C is turned down when you’re not home, or overnight. This can lower your utility bills and help manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently while still keeping you comfortable.
- Look for ENERGY STAR® labeled items; these can include light bulbs, electronics, home appliances and other products. These products are required to meet strict efficiency guidelines that are set by the US EPA and the US Dept of Energy and can help you save money on your energy bills.
- Plug your home electronics into power strips; when not in use, turn the power strips off with the switch on the strip. You may not realize it, but even when your TV is off, it could be in stand-by mode and still be sucking electricity.
- Install energy efficient replacement windows in your home to reduce energy loss through inefficient and poorly installed windows.