Friday May 18, 2018
It isn’t the new year, but it’s never too late to make new resolutions to cut down on costs, waste, calories, and start living cheaper and cleaner! Let’s begin with what you can do around the house to be more energy efficient.
The Cost of a Degree
As much as comfortable, match your indoor temp as much as possible with the outdoor temp. Turning up the thermostat even just a couple of degrees is an easy way to cut energy usage and can make a noticeable difference in your electric or gas bill!
The gift of life, and less garbage
Organic food waste makes for the perfect fertilizer, and your garden (or whatever’s growing outside your home) will thank you! It will also cut down on the waste that ends up in your garbage bin and the landfill! Read some how-to’s on composting HERE.
Water awareness 101
Low-flow showerheads and other faucets reduce the water you use during washing and watering. Up to three gallons can be saved every minute compared with the usual five gallons! Wow!
Finish reading other easy energy-saving tips on Quicken Loans’ blog.
Cool and clean
Whenever possible, wash your clothes with cold water. According to Energy.gov, 90% of the energy your washer uses goes to heating the water.
Soups on! Energy waste is off!
Save energy in the kitchen by switching off the oven 10-15 minutes before the bell dings. The temperature will last to finish cooking your food and you can feel good about conserving extra energy!
Filters at fault
Dirty A/C filters make your heating/cooling system work harder and longer to adjust your home’s temperature. Keep an eye on them and swap them out regularly.
Read the full article HERE by Energy.gov.
Create an open door for savings
Choose exterior doors that are insulated and seal the wall space to maintain indoor temperatures. DIYNetwork.com suggests fiberglass, as it insulates better than wood.
When it’s time to shop for a new water heater, consider tankless versions. They heat water when needed instead of using energy to maintain the temperature in the tank!
Find a great film. No, not the movie kind.
Placing an adhesive film on windows can keep indoor temperatures from fluctuating too much and prevent wasting thermostat energy.
Read DIY Network’s full article on energy-saving tips HERE.
Head to The Ranch House
One easy way to stay cool without the A/C is to head down to The Ranch House for a dip in the pool or an delicious ice cream!
Now hop to and start energy saving today and pass on your new good habits to the neighbors! Little by little we can cut energy waste together and start fueling our environment!