Start Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Now that you’ve got your home generally in a state of comfortable stasis, the next step is improving the energy efficiency all around. This means a combination of smarter home practices as well as getting the right appliances for your domicile.

Smart Home

Move in the direction of happy energy use (as well as savings) by following these five general tips – learn about energy efficiency as it stands right now, begin by replacing your oldest appliances first, look for sales and clearance items during holidays, pay attention to tax breaks for certain equipment, and generally practice smart energy use.

Learn About Energy Efficiency

When you read about energy efficiency, you may find out all kinds of information you were unaware of before. Because technology is changing so fast, it can be hard to keep up with all the latest and the greatest, but by scanning through the news regularly, you can keep you with the latest government regulations on corporate and personal levels, thereby giving you additional information about what kind of appliances or equipment to purchase next.

Replace Your Oldest Appliances First

If you don’t know where to start, the older appliances you have are a good bet. This is typically going to be an old refrigerator or freezer, or maybe an old air conditioner or even furnace. Even a short time ago, these appliances were not nearly as energy efficient as they are now, and you’ll make your money back in savings in no time in terms of cost per month in your bills, especially if you live in a particularly hot or cold climate when temperature control equipment is running a lot. Take note of proper disposal of old appliances too, in terms of the right way to recycle old appliances.

Look For Sales During Holidays

During holidays, there are often fantastic deals on clearance appliances and even new stuff, and you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on energy efficient items. Keep a sharp eye out for coupons around those times as well, as you can get additional percentages off with the right documentation.

Research Tax Breaks for Energy Efficient Equipment

Did you know there are tax breaks for purchasing energy efficient appliances? Depending on your state and community, you can get a bunch of money off of your yearly taxes if you can prove that you purchased ‘green’ appliances. These include things like refrigerators, air conditioners, ductless heat pumps, and others. You can read about energy efficiency for saving Home’s Efficiency.

Practice Smart Energy Usage   

It may seem silly to remind you to do things like turn lights off when you exit a room, but you’d be surprised how many people forget, and how much money you can save with that simple step. In addition, new LCD light bulbs can save you a ton of money in the long run as you continue your home improvement projects.

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