What are you Doing to Save Energy (and Money) at Home?


| 3/31/2009 4:23:22 PM


Tags: energy, efficiency, home heating, electricity,

These days, many people are trying to use less energy at home. Not only is saving energy good for the environment, it can save you a lot of money on your electric and heating bills. So what are you doing to save energy at home? Have you turned down your thermostat this winter? Installed compact-fluorescent light bulbs? Added insulation to your attic? Tell us what you’re trying and how well you think it works by posting a comment below.

Need inspiration? Here are a few articles with some simple ideas for saving energy: How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient, Easy Projects for Instant Energy Savings, and Bright Ideas for Home Lighting.



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Katherine Tyler
2/20/2011 1:46:46 PM

My husband and I purchased a timer for our hot water heater and installed it in a convenient location. After a few weeks of setting and re-setting the times, we found that we only need to run the hot water heater about 3 1/2 hours out of every 24! This has saved a lot of money and energy. My advice. Buy a good model with a switch to turn on the heat "on demand" or turn it off for vacations or "off use" times. Also, be sure to locate it someplace convenient. Putting it in a crawlspace or other remote location means going out of your way to reset it every time you lose electricity or want extra hot water.


cappie
4/12/2009 3:40:43 PM

It all started when a piece on my dishwasher broke, started hand washing them. Next month our utility bill was $10 less. Got rid of the dishwasher. Couldn't afford to go gas, swapped the glass-top stove for a no frills coil-eyed model...no electronics. Make toast and perk coffee on top of the stove. More drop in my utilities dispite all the canning I was doing. Hang my laundry on the closeline unless raining and no choice, cold wash only. My bill is consistanly about $50 less every month, despite a cost increase and a recent purchase of a small freezer. The freezer unfortunately is not an energy star, they don't seem to make smaller ones I can afford in energy star, but we have put it on a timer and cover the top with a blanket. Use mostly florescent bulbs. Got a wood cookstove to help with heating next year. Plan on doing some more small stuff, but that's it for now.







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