How to Reduce Your Home’s Energy Usage in 2018


| 12/18/2017 10:17:00 AM


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The new year is the perfect time to change your life for the better. While healthy lifestyle goals often take the spotlight, green living is also a worthwhile and rewarding resolution to pursue.

If you’re paying bills already, you are well aware of the fact that high-energy usage equates to high spending on your part. Cutting down on your use of electricity will obviously minimize your bills, but it’ll also do good for the Earth: Reducing your carbon footprint can have a positive effect on wildlife, your health and even the economy.   

With those benefits to inspire your efforts, here’s how you can reduce your home’s energy usage in the new year and beyond:

Set up a Programmable Thermostat

Unless you adjust it every night before bed, your thermostat continues pumping out heat while you’re sleeping. If you’re bundled up under your comforter already, you don’t need that warm of a temperature to comfortably sleep.



An adjustable thermostat will automatically reduce the temperature in your house while you’re sleeping. You can set it to start up a half-hour before you wake up, so you’re not hopping out of bed and into a cold house. After a year or so of programmed reduction in use, your new thermostat will have paid for itself through your reduced energy bills.

jon
6/4/2018 9:41:53 AM

Some good ideas. I can not believe everyone has not switched to a programmable thermostat to control energy waste and home comfort. Nothing like waking to a warm house because the thermostat pushed up the temp a half hour before you get up and not wondering once you go to bed if you set it back. The number one way to reduce cost is more insulation and caulking. In most cases it is the easiest to do as well. In the northern climates in the USA you should have at least an R50-60, which depending on what you are using for insulation will be at least 12". Having your walls insulated makes a big difference too and there are many new products available to make this possible in already built homes. The savings between 3" and 12" is much more than 10%. 3" in a ceiling is like having nothing at all. In 1980 I moved into a home with no insulation and put in 6". My heating bill did not increase for 20 years. In conjunction with the install of a new furnace I doubled the insulation to 12" and was able to put in a furnace that was 1/2 the output of the first new furnace I installed in 1980 and the house was warmer and more comfortable. I also have the walls insulated with blown in fiberglass. Today there are foams that can be installed in finished walls that also provide a vapor barrier. Everything you do has savings potential. Also consider a home energy audit done with a blower door that measures you leakage and points our where you need to correct problems.


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