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Guest Post : Tips for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

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A Guest Post all the way from Australia!   It is packed full of tips everyone can use.

 

When it comes to saving money on your energy bills, there isn’t a whole lot you can do after the bills arrive, but beforehand, well there are some tips and tricks that will save you a bunch on your energy bills. Just by paying more attention to how you use your energy, you could save big on your energy costs and realize how much you had been wasting in the first place.

One of the big ones is insulation. Just by adding good insulation to your home, you are keeping all the warm or cool energy inside, so your heater or air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard to keep the temperature just right. Both these appliances work to get your house up to an optimal temperature, it’s harder for them to do that when so much of the energy they are using escapes through walls or unsealed doors. Windows are another place that wastes energy; they let in all the heat in summer and all the cold in winter. Just like your walls, it’s a good idea to insulate you windows by using multiple panes or tinting. If that is too expensive a job, simply investing in high quality, thick curtains can do wonders for temperature control.

Older appliances use much more electricity than the newer models that are rated against a new energy efficiency system. If you are going to by second hand, make sure you choose an appliance that has a higher energy efficiency rating to ensure the best energy performance.

 

Simpler ways of ensuring the energy efficiency of your home include simply checking up on your appliances to make sure they are working up to scratch. For example, your water heater doesn’t need to be set to the hottest setting, set in the range between 45 and 60 degrees celsius (113 – 140 degress Fahrenheit) will work better than making your system work harder to reach a higher temperature. If you have a heating system throughout the house, make sure you clean your air filters to allow air to flow more freely, and close the ducts in rooms that don’t need to be heated as regularly.

Try replacing your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent.  It may seem to cost more initially but they save energy by lasting longer and by producing a more pure light that doesn’t waste energy by producing heat. Also check with your energy company to ensure they are providing the best rate for you.  You can compare them with other providers by using sites like Save Central, so you can make sure you aren’t paying too much on your bills.

Another affordable trick is to plant a shady tree on the side of the house that is exposed to the most intense sunlight. This will provide much needed shade in the warmer months, cooling down that area of the house.

Finally, if you are really committed, consider installing solar panels on your roof to further save on your energy costs by harnessing the free power of the sun!

 Ivy Delfin works in Marketing for Save Central.

 

 Does anyone have a tip they want to add?

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Another Reason to Join Recyclebank : Free Magazines & McDonald’s Smoothies!

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So, using my points from Green My School I just ordered a year’s subscription to Everyday Food Magazine & got a coupon for a Free McDonald’s Smoothie from Recyclebank:

 

Everyday Food provides simple, nutritious and delicious food for you and your family. Your 10-issue subscription is filled with over 40 recipes each month and each recipes includes prep-time, cook-time and full nutritional information, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into before you even stir a spoon.

 

 And they are mailing me a coupon for a free smoothie!!!

 

 

Are you jealous yet??? Sign up!!!!

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It’s 10 PM, Do You Know Where Your Money Is?

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Pop Quiz, hotshot. 

  1. What is your monthly mortgage payment?
  2. What arethe APRs on your Credit Cards?
  3. How many more car payments do you have?
  4. How much was your last electric bill?
  5. What is the square root of 144? 

So, how many answers do you know? A few months ago, I would have only known number 5.  I used my credit card to charge everything and assumed it got paid in full monthly.  HA!

Reality came when I opened a credit card bill and almost lost my lunch. 

My husband does a fine job of handling the bills, but I had no concept of how much we actually spent.  In retrospect, I should have asked.  I just never thought to.  I guess I assumed we had little fairies paying our bills.  (I suspect these are the same fairies I thought were cleaning our house)

I developed a spreadsheet  similar to this to figure out what our fixed bills were.  I then took a deep breath.  I then multiplied everything by 12 to get an approximate yearly cost.  I then took another, deeper breath. Exhaled.  And started to look for ways to save.  Aggressively.

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