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Top 5 Ways to Save Energy

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Whether during the heat of summer – or the cold of winter – who doesn’t like to save a little money on their home utility bills? No need for expensive home remodels or drastic changes to your lifestyle. To lower your bills simply follow these Top 5 Ways to Save Energy

1. Adjust Thermostat to Save Energy

Why pay for cooling or heating of your home when you’re not there? It is important to keep the home within a comfortable indoor range, however with a programmable thermostat you can dial back the amount of air conditioning (or heating in the winter) to minimize energy use. You can also upgrade your thermostat to a “smart” model – as it learns your routine and adjust accordingly. You can now also control several thermostats remotely via your phone and/or tablet.

2. Avoid the Oven to Save Energy

Not only does a microwave take less time than a oven, it also uses on average 80% less energy. Plus in the summer months the last thing you want to do is turn up the oven to 425 and add even more heat to the house…thus demanding a higher need for air conditioning.

3. Shower Faster to Save Energy

Do you spend 30 minutes in the shower? While this may be relaxing, it easily can use more than 50 gallons of water…and unless you enjoy the feel of cool tap water you are likely using a lot of hot water. Restricting yourself to a 10 to 15 minute shower will minimize the energy use associated with the hot water and also leave you plenty of time to focus on other things.

4. Upgrade Light Bulbs to Save Energy

As lighting technology continues to evolve, the costs of energy efficient bulbs continue to drop as well. CFL and LED bulbs are more affordable than ever and in some cases local utility companies will even ship these to you for free! The newer bulbs also come in a variety of shapes and hues so you can pick out that perfect bulb for lighting up your home.

5. Disconnect to Save Energy

A tool belt is not needed for this one, nor do you need to access the electrical panel, however simply unplugging unused devices can make a big difference. Even when some devices are in “sleep mode” like your home computer – it continues to draw power. A power strip is an easy way to cut off a large entertainment center for instance. Even something a basic as your smart phone charging cord should be removed from the outlet when not in use.

So there you have it…our Top 5 Ways to Save Energy. Do you have any saving tips? We’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment below and remember to like us on Facebook and add any of the above photos to Pinterest.