This is part 2 of ways to be energy efficient by implementing simple measures. You may not have though about these before so get moving now.
1. Get rid of appliances that use large amounts of water and cost you a lot of electrical energy to run. …
These appliances include large aquariums, swimming pools and spas. A heated aquarium uses a lot of energy, mostly for controlling the tank temperature. If you can’t fathom the thought of not having fish as pets, then sell the big aquarium and purchase a small glass fish bowl.
2. Front-loading washing machines are gaining popularity and use much less electricity than standard top-loader models. Another benefit of front loaders is that they use far less soap and spin the water faster with less vibration. If you are thinking about replacing your top-loader washing machine, why not replace it with a more efficient style?
3. Another way to instantly save money and be energy efficient is to hang washing on the line outside or on drying racks rather than placing the clothes in the machine. It requires no energy at all and is a task that can be completed in minutes.
4. It’s a great idea to insulate your water heater if it is not already internally insulated with foam. If it’s old, it’s best to replace it entirely. To find out if your water heater is internally insulated, all you need to do is look at the opening of the water heater where the pipes emerge from the tank.
Look at the pipe fitting to see if there is a plastic trim piece around the pipe. If you wrap your heater with a tank wrap, you will save some energy on your monthly utility bill.
5. Have you thought about installing a solar water heater to help become energy efficient? If you have some spare income and have real interest in living sustainably then one of these is highly recommended. At approximately $10,000 a pop, however, it is a decision that takes a bit of thought.
Solar water heaters are great if you have some wall area or an unshaded roof that faces south as you can reap the benefits for decades. It’s important that you speak to your solar expert, who will be able to give you advice on the type and size of solar water heater that you should utilize depending on the size of your house, the location of your house and the number of people in your household.
6. If you have a furnace or an air conditioning unit in your home, make sure that you always have clean filters. Change them at least once every month that the system is in use. If these systems are not used so much in the off-season (spring and fall) then you don’t need to worry about it then. But if you have really dirty filters, change them more often.
7. Ventilation is as important in a home as an efficient air conditioner. When you buy a new air conditioner, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is the ratio of efficiency you need to look for. Choose an air conditioner with the ENERGY STAR label.
8. Windows and doors are where the majority of heat is lost. This inefficiency adds to your utility bill. Install energy-efficient windows in your home. Double-glazed windows are a popular and great energy-saving option because their inside surface is closer to room temperature. If replacing your windows is not an affordable option, why not add weather-stripping? Don’t forget to add it to your doors as well.
9. There’s a lot you can do on your own to decrease energy use, but it never hurts to get a bit of advice from the experts. Through discussing with an expert your home’s structure, the appliances you use, and the number of people in the household, you will come to an understanding of how and in what areas you can cut down your energy usage and your monthly power bill.
Most top quality energy auditors will spend a few hours with you at your home and go through your entire house including your attic and basement. They should look for air leakage with a blower door test and duct inspection, and they’ll use an infrared camera to assess the insulation levels in your home. With the above measures in place you can be energy efficient.