Several weeks ago we uploaded an article titled “Making Your Home More Energy Efficient.” In that article we discussed three simple things that you can do to save money while also helping the environment. These three tips are:
- Replace old appliances with new, energy efficient ones.
- Keep your thermostat in check. Always turn your heater or air conditioning off when you are not home and be willing to let the temperature rise a little in the summer and drop a little in the winter.
- Minimize your water consumption by installing aerators on your facets and low-flow toilets.
This time around however, we decided to reach out to some of our fans on Facebook and Twitter and asked them what they are currently doing to make their homes more energy efficient. Here is what they had to say!
Phil Radford of Washington D.C. uses solar panels on his roof, has caulked his windows and door frames, uses insulation, special power strips, turns down his heater, maintains his fridge, and uses door sweeps. He told us that doing all of these things has “Cut my bill by far more than 50%.”
Tim Phillips who lives in New Zealand has also installed solar panels and uses energy efficient light bulbs throughout his home.
Greg Wiszniewski reached out to us from New York and said “I use thermal curtains and caulked my windows and door frames.”
Andrea Romo who lives in Pittsburgh let us know of several things she does including:
- Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs
- Unplug kitchen appliances and cell phone chargers when not in use
- We bought a Nest thermostat and have it programmed for each day to minimize how often our AC/furnace runs (we have seen savings in 2013 with the Nest as compared to 2012 w/o the Nest)
- Our curtains in the bedrooms have an extra layer to help keep heat in and cold out.
- I always turn off lights that are not in use.
- When sunny, we keep the blinds open to let sunlight in to help heat the house.
We hope that the ideas we have provided and that our fantastic fans have provided will help you in your quest to cut back on your energy bills and help the environment. Please leave us a comment and let us know what you are doing to make your home more energy efficient!