10 Ways To Reduce Your Energy Bill

No one likes to get a high power bill in the mail, so if you are looking for ways to reduce your energy bill, there are plenty of easy things you can do in order to do so.  Here are 10:

Adjust your thermostat

If you adjust your thermostat in the winter and summer by just a couple of degrees, you will be using less energy to heat and cool your home.  In the winter, turn the dial to 68 and in the summer, turn the dial to 72.  This may save you up to about $100 per year!

Adjust the blinds and curtains

For sunny, hot days, close your blinds and curtains to keep the sun’s rays out of your home. On cold, sunny days, go ahead and leave them open to allow for some of the sun’s rays to come in. For the winter, you could also put plastic up over the windows to keep some of the cold out.

Have your HVAC checked each year

Every year have an HVAC professional come and check out your air conditioner and heater to be sure they are running efficiently. If you skip this, they could be costing you extra money if they are in need of some TLC.

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Seven Green Technologies for Your Home

Advancing technology has contributed greater ease and reduction of expense in both time and money.  It has afforded us the highest standard of living in human existence in every aspect of our lives, including the ability to lessen our impact on the environment.

Here are eight green technologies we have developed that have improved our living conditions and our environment.  There are others, but these eight represent the most simple and inexpensive to those with the greatest impact on reducing our environmental impact, all while making our homes more convenient, energy efficient and comfortable:

LED light bulbs

LED light bulbs may reflect a higher initial expense, but compared to the shorter life of older technology incandescent bulbs, the per-hour consumption of electrical power used by LED light bulbs is much less, making the long-term investment a lower cost.

Typically, their smaller size means that the overall visual impact of our inside and outside lighting can be reduced in size.  Floor, table, wall and ceiling-mounted light fixtures can be far less obtrusive than their incandescent counterparts.  LED light bulbs provide a wider range of light frequencies, meaning that the light provided is more natural than either incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.

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Green Energy Tax Credits

Green Energy Tax Credits

There is an umbrella of green energy tax credits available to protect our dream of home ownership from the growing costs of energy consumption that are also beneficial to the energy industry in its operations to provide that energy continuously, effectively and efficiently.

Many of the building code changes we have experienced in the last decade are as a result of efforts by government agencies, in cooperation with the home-building trades, to provide the means not only to save on energy costs, but to have that energy delivered to our homes with an eye to energy conservation.

These efforts were passed by Congress in 2005 with the Energy Policy Act with later enhancements provided in the 2008 Energy Improvement and Extension Act.

The legislation of these two acts provide tax credits that apply in direct effect to decrease our adjusted gross income on our federal and state income tax calculations, thus reducing our tax bill.  In some respects, because these credits are part of the building code, they are automatically engaged in the construction of new homes, but we also have the ability to retrofit and upgrade older homes to meet new recommendations of energy-saving techniques.

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How to Create a Green Home Office

Telecommuting has become the new standard for businesses and corporations. It cuts down on the costs for everyone when you set up an area of your home to get work done. Smart phone and laptop technology makes it easy for even the biggest companies to have many employees do their job from home. You too can incorporate the creation of a green home office into your workspace design. There are a few easy things you can do to make it a space that is functional, but helps protect the environment.

Use Natural Lighting

Pick an area that offers a lot of natural lighting. Windows and skylights will help you save on energy costs. The less you are dependent on lights, the less the operation of your home office will cost each year. Natural lighting can help make you more productive as well. It makes the green home office space seem more open and less stifling. Even if you are only saving a few dollars a year, that translates into huge savings for the environment.

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Benefits to Installing Energy Efficient Appliances

The first benefit that comes to mind when having energy efficient appliances installed is how much money you can save. It’s what tends to draw a person in to begin the decision process of updating their home appliances. There are other benefits that aren’t immediately obvious. Most energy efficient designs also use the most up-to-date parts and technology that improve how the appliance works and stands up to constant use. Combine all of the personal benefits, add to that the fact that the energy savings helps the environment and you have a winning combination.

Saving Money

The benefits of installing energy efficient appliances can be almost immediately felt in reduced bills. Paying less each month for electric, gas and water means you are saving money. Appliances are responsible for nearly 20 percent of household energy consumption. Using energy efficient models are estimated to save as much as $80 a year on the electric bill alone. The actual amount will vary depending on how often the appliances are used in comparison with the older models.
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Ways to Reduce Household Waste

 Reduce Household Waste

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Estimates from the National Resources Defense Council state that an astounding 40 percent of food in the United State goes to waste. This translates to a jaw dropping $165 billion a year worth of resources which are simply thrown away. Even a 15 percent reduction in this waste would mean 25 million more Americans could be fed.

There is waste all around.  Look at your own households behaviors.  How many times do you fix too much food for dinner and then days later you are throwing it out of the refrigerator because it went uneaten?  It happens to my family all of the time.

Clearly, it does not take a huge effort to begin applying waste reduction tactics. There are small steps which on their own can go a long way to reduce household waste.

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