A few week’s ago a won a copy of the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings at my local county fair. I was pretty excited to win a copy of this new book on energy conservation. I actually know one of the authors as a result of my participation in local government, so I was interested in reading what he had to say.
I found the book to be very readable. Part I of the book takes you through all the major household systems, such as insulation, windows, heating, cooling, and more. Part II of the book actually details the most energy-efficient appliances on the market. If you are thinking of replacing any appliance in your house, I recommend checking this guide to find the most energy efficient models.
So what can you do right away to improve your home’s energy efficiency right now according to this guide?
- Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120° F).
- Check if your water heater has an insulating blanket. An insulating blanket will pay for itself in one year or less! (I need to do this one soon!)
- If you have one of those “silent guzzlers”, a waterbed, make your bed today. The covers will insulate it, and save up to one-third of the energy it uses.
- Start using energy-saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers.
- Survey your incandescent lights for opportunities to replace them with compact fluorescents.
- Check the age and condition of your major appliances, especially the refrigerator. You may want to replace it with a more energy-efficient model before it dies.
- Clean or replace furnace, air-conditioner, and heat-pump filters.
You can visit the Consumer Guide Online for more advanced tips and condensed online guide. Conserving energy saves you money and benefits the environment. Many of the environmental benefits are not easily quantified in dollars and cents but are just important to your well-being as financial wealth.
Home energy use can contribute to urban smog, acid rain, harzardous waste, habitat loss, and global climate change. Do your part by trying to reduce your home energy use using the tips and research on the most energy efficient appliances in the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings. I did my part today by participating in Blog Action Day.