When it comes to owning a home, it can seem after a while that you're doing nothing but spending money. Expenses can quickly start stacking up, and you're left constantly in the red financially. If this is the type of situation you've found yourself in, here are several important tips that help you get your home and finances back in order, with or without a small wind turbine kit.
INSULATE YOUR HOME
Once you have air sealed your home, you need to check the insulation. A lot of times without you even knowing it, indoor heat escapes via un-insulated walls and your attic as well. In summer, the outside heat enters your home through those same means, which raises the cost of cooling your home. By improving the insulating of your home from top to bottom- including the attic, basement, crawl spaces, and garage- the energy efficiency of your home will improve dramatically.
TAKE CARE OF THOSE PIPES
If you haven't already, you've got to insulate water heaters and your pipes as well. Covering your water heater with an insulated blanket helps the device to retain heat, so the unit uses less energy to heat hot water. Foam or rubber pipe insulation helps to keep cold pipes from sweating during the summer months and reduces heat loss from hot water flow once you're in the winter.
TIME FOR A NEW FRIDGE
If you can't remember when you even bought it that means it's time to replace your refrigerator. Your fridge is one of the biggest energy guzzling appliances in your home. As recently as five years ago, there have been big changes in the efficiency of newer fridge models. By replacing your fridge with a new model, you can really end up saving big- as in, somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty to forty percent big. For that matter, replacing older dishwashers and dryers can make a big difference on your monthly energy output as well. But if you've got to start with just one appliance, definitely go for your fridge.
SMARTEN UP YOUR DEVICES
Programmable thermostats and timers can make all the difference when it comes to your home energy bill. Install a programmable thermostat and timer to your air conditioner and your heater. This will help you adjust the temperature of your home, depending on the time of the day. For instance, you can set the thermostat to a warmer temperature in the day when you have to rush around doing a lot of work. At night, when everyone is in bed and under duvets, the rooms can be cooler without anyone experiencing any discomfort. And just like that, you've made a huge cut into that monster of a bill.
ANYONE ELSE FEEL CHILLY?
Change the filter on your air conditioner on a regular basis for big savings. This monthly maintenance on your air conditioner helps it run way more efficiently than you might think. It also minimizes wear and tear on the air conditioner itself. Arranging furniture so it doesn't block air vents also is important to maximize the flow of cooling from your system. Doing this all means more money in your pocket. Get to saving today!