Be Green! 4 Energy-Saving Guidelines for New Homeowners

It is so exciting to be a new homeowner! There is so much to do and remember it can be tough to fit green thinking in your list of important things to do. However, once you establish energy-saving methods they become part of the positive aspects of owning a home. The following techniques may help you implement energy saving ideas now that will soon pay off.

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Reduce Water Usage

Taking a long, hot shower at the end of a stressful day can wash the frustration out of your system. Before giving in to that impulse, install low-flow showerheads in each bathroom. According to the EPA the average showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute. The typical family uses 40 gallons of water per day only on showers. Low-flow showerheads use 2 gallons per minute or less, making your shower more efficient and less wasteful.

Low-flow toilets and faucet aerators save a large amount of water compared to regular models. Efficient toilets save between 20 and 60 gallons of water each day. Faucet aerators cut water usage from 2.2 gallons per minute to 1.5 gallons per minute. Additionally, these water-saving techniques save energy and power needed to heat the water. Average savings on power bills adds up to enough to provide 13 days of free energy for your home each year.

Replace or Upgrade Old Appliances

As a new homeowner, now is the best time to take stock of your home’s appliances. Older water heaters are particularly hungry when sucking energy and power necessary to supply all the hot water needs in a home. If replacement is not a feasible option, wrap your hot water lines and your water heater so the heat is contained longer. Lowering your thermostat to 120 degrees saves money on utility bills and helps the environment by lowering your home’s energy needs.

Newer washer and dryer models are far more energy efficient that older units. New washers normally require less water as well. Your refrigerator and stove consume large amounts of power that can send your utility bills sky high. Replacing the refrigerator and freezer door seals helps conserve power. Upgrading the kitchen appliances usually conserves even more power than just replacing the door seals.

Get Heating and Air Conditioning Inspected

A professional inspection is necessary for several reasons. Many utility companies offer incentives to homeowners getting professional inspection services. If you need heating or AC repair it is far better to discover that now. Your HVAC system ductwork supplies air your whole family breathes. If professional views using advanced technology shows contamination in your air ducts you and your family are at increased risk for developing respiratory illnesses.

Your home’s heating and air conditioning system consumes energy that quickly adds up in your utility bills. Areas needing repairs or services do not improve with age. Arrange for any repairs necessary as quickly as possible to avoid further power consumption and cuts the time your family inhales poor quality air.

Ramp up Your Landscaping

Efficient placement of trees and shrubs can cut energy bills and help the environment. Plant trees near the southern and western sides of your home. This will serve to provide cool shade in the summer and increase light to rooms located there when the leaves drop in the winter. Landscaping is an efficient method to prevent soil erosion and provide consumable products, such as fruit from berry trees, to your family.

Using native plants cuts your water usage in the yard. Shrubs can replace fences to provide privacy and create natural paths you want followed. Plants such as ferns clean the air and planting them in pots allows for use indoors and outside. Gardens provide sustainable resources necessary to feed your family.

There are so many ways green technology and energy-saving techniques combine for efficiently operating your new home. Getting your AC repair work done and the rest of the other above examples are just the beginning of all the ways you can save money, manage your new home effectively and help the environment.

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