With the temperatures steadily decreasing (in some areas of the nation), you may be experiencing a series of changes within your home. Some of these changes may include turning on the heat, turning up the temperature in your shower, looking for ways to melt ice surrounding your car and home, and more. Also, with the holidays around the corner and tax season soon after, you may find yourself using electronic devices such as printers, shredders, and electronic entertainment devices more often.
These changes can all take up energy resources and be harmful for the environment, not to mention expensive. However, there are a series of changes and adaptions you can make to keep your home green throughout the winter. These changes vary from getting heat pump maintenance done to ensuring your devices are verified energy star products that use energy in the most efficient ways possible. Here is a list of five tips for staying green this winter.
1. Check that your appliances are all energy star verified.
This means that they are more energy efficient than other products which can help you to cut down on costs while also protecting the environment. Energy star products are usually marked with two labels: one that tells the buyer the sales price and a second one that explains how much the appliance will cost to operate each month. Some energy star verified appliances may include refrigerators and freezers, dish washers, clothes washer, computers, and more. When purchasing new appliances check to make sure it has the blue energy star logo on it. By purchasing energy star products you will not only save on your utility bills, but you will also have better products that work more efficiently and last longer.
2. Check for energy vampires.
Energy vampires. Do you have appliances plugged in all over the house even when they are not being used? If so then you have a house full of vampires…energy vampires that it. While you may think that having a device plugged in while not in use is harmless, this is merely a myth. When appliances are plugged in they still take up valuable energy resources. By unplugging devices that are not being used you can save extra energy in your home and in turn, an average of $100 each year.
3. Check your heater.
Is your heater ready for the winter? You may want to consider checking to see if you need heat pump maintenance or other heater repairs. By scheduling routine maintenance on your heater you can ensure that it will run more efficiently. This can help to save more energy and money in the long run. In addition, your house will be kept warmer and more comfortable on those brittle, cool nights.
4. Take shorter showers.
While it may be tempting to opt for longer, hot showers or baths to stay warm (and I’ll admit I love them as a method of relaxation), you really should monitor your water use and aim for shorter showers. Take a timer into the bathroom with you so you can schedule your showers. Watersmart.net also recommends installing a low-flow shower head to help you to save water. This can help you to significantly cut down the costs of your water bill and go green by saving water resources at the same time.
5. Consider replacing your printer and/or shredder.
Tax season is just around the corner and you’ll undoubtedly have a ton of paper work to go through. Between printing documents to shredding them, these are functions that can really take up a lot of energy between your computer, printer, and shredder. Check to make sure you have energy star verified products that use the least amount of money as possible. If you need to purchase new ones think of it as being an investment. It might cost you a lot of money up front, but you’ll get good use out of them and save tons of money in the long run.
These are just a handful of ways that you can prepare your home to be as energy efficient and green as possible this winter. Will you be trying any of these tips? Which is your favorite? Do you have another tip on staying green this winter that you would like to share?
Kimberly Erskine is an avid writer who possesses the desire and ability to write in a wide range of styles for various topics. She earned her Bachelor’s in Writing Arts, Bachelor’s in English, and Concentration in Creative Writing from Rowan University in 2010. Presently, she serves as a guest writer for BitRebels.com and is a blogging/web content intern for Cloud IT Guru. Kimberly is now working as an Inbound Marketer for Webimax where she works to generate and market various forms of content for her clients.
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