If you are thinking of some additional steps to increase your comfort and energy efficiency, or if you are contemplating replacing some appliances, consider the following.
In most homes, one of the biggest electricity using appliances is the refrigerator. If you have an old refrigerator, then you have an opportunity to reduce your electricity bill while getting a more efficient refrigerator. There may also be utility rebates available for you to get when you purchase an Energy Star® refrigerator. Every new refrigerator sold today has an EnergyGuide label on it. The EnergyGuide label indicates the amount of energy the labeled refrigerator will use in a year as well as how it compares with the refrigerator that uses the least and the most amounts of energy.
The majority of energy used by a washer is in heating the hot water used by it. So, if you get a washer that saves on the amount of hot water it uses you also reduce the amount of energy it uses as well. Features to look for in a washer are load size selection, to use less water for smaller loads, and a fast spin cycle, to reduce the amount of moisture in the clothes before they go into the dryer. Every new washer sold today has an EnergyGuide label on it. The EnergyGuide label indicates the amount of energy the labeled washer will use in a year as well as how it compares with the washer that uses the least and the most amounts of energy. It will also give these values for both electric and gas heated water.
Dryers have some energy saving features to look for as well and these include:
- A moisture sensor to turn the dryer off when the clothes are dry as well as increase the life of your clothes.
- The inlet vent on the back wall of the dryer drum, and the outlet vent on the front wall of the dryer drum.
- A gas dryer costs less than a electric dryer to operate.
Trees offer a variety of benefits to your home, your neighborhood, and your community. They can reduce your cooling bills by shading your home and the surrounding landscape. They can lower your heating bills by blocking the cold winds that blow on your home and limiting the “heat island” effect. Trees also give privacy and a more pleasant atmosphere to your yard, as well as adding significant value to your property.
Because trees convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and absorb some pollutants, they also benefit our health. And it is nice knowing that, by planting trees in your yard, you are offsetting some of the carbon dioxide that your car gives off!
Installing photocells with motion sensors is the smart way to light the exterior of your house. They are smart for two reasons; they save energy because you never forget to turn them off, the sensors handle that, and they increase home security by coming on when someone sets off the motion sensor.
Air movement is a big factor with a comfortable space. If there isn't air movement the room is less comfortable. Installing a ceiling fan and using it to increase your room's comfort uses less energy than running your heater or air conditioner.