If you started off the New Year with a new mortgage, now is the perfect time to put a few energy conservation measures into place to keep your abode eco-friendly and sustainable. By taking care of these easy tasks now, you won’t have to worry about them once you’re settled in and you’ll see an immediate savings on your energy bills.
Get Eco-Friendly Appliances: You’ve already made the investment in your new home. Now, take it a step further and invest in energy efficient appliances – such as a washing machine, dryer, refrigerator and a programmable thermostat – some of the most energy-hungry devices in your domicile. While these items may cost you in the short term (the energy-efficient versions are generally more expensive than their energy-guzzling counterparts), you’ll see huge savings over the life of the appliance.
Cool Down, Then Warm Up Your Hot Water Heater: By lowering the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees (because, really, who uses water hotter than that anyway?), you’ll save big on energy costs. Then, keep your water heater warm by wrapping it in a water heater blanket. The blanket will contain the heat inside the tank, keeping the water at its prescribed temperature.
Turn On The (LED) Lights: Do a walk-through of your new home and replace the old, energy-sucking incandescents with CFL and LED bulbs. You’ll consume anywhere from 25 to 80 percent less energy, and you’ll make fewer trips to the hardware store, as these bulbs are known to last three to 25 times longer than their traditional counterparts.
Plant a Tree, or Two: Sure, it’s winter and not really the ideal time for getting out in the garden, but by planting a shade tree or two around your house, you’ll keep your home cool come summer. Having trees and vegetation near your home will lower your cooling costs and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.