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  1. Minimizing your energy bills doesn’t need to be a time-consuming or expensive process. For many homeowners, a few simple upgrades and add-ons will make a huge difference. Here is a look at four easy projects that are going to reduce your carbon footprint and save you a little bit of money over the years. Insulate Your Pipes and Ducts Insulating your pipes and ducts is one of the easiest home improvement projects that you can carry out, and it might lower your monthly energy bills by as much as four percent. All of the exposed pipes and ducts in your home should be covered with either polyethylene or neoprene foam. This project requires nothing more than a few basic tools, and you should be able to complete it in a single afternoon. Once those passageways are insulated, you can then adjust the settings on your HVAC system and water heater. Replace Your Old Appliances Older dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, heaters, air conditioners, and refrigerators use an incredible amount of energy. If you have a little extra money to invest in your home, then you might want to replace at least a few of those appliances. Many states even offer tax credits to residents who replace their old appliances with devices that have been approved by the Energy Star program. Once your new appliances are installed, you should make sure that everyone in your family knows how to use them correctly to prevent unnecessary damage and overuse. Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, and that is why you want to be sure that it is as efficient as possible. Programmable “smart” thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature and monitor your home from anywhere in the world. Instead of leaving the air conditioner or furnace running all day, you can turn the system on just before you get home. Programmable thermostats are extremely cheap and can be installed in a matter of minutes. Install Energy Efficient Windows Replacing all of the older windows throughout your home might save you thousands of dollars in the coming decades. A company like Valley Glass Utility can install new residential windows in a matter of days, and you will notice improvements to your utility bills almost immediately. Modern high-efficiency windows are designed to let in plenty of sunlight while reducing heat transfer. They also come in countless styles, and you are sure to find a product that perfectly matches the rest of your home. As a homeowner, energy efficiency should be one of your biggest concerns. Making your home as green as possible is going to improve your family’s comfort, lower your energy bills, and reduce your impact on the environment.
  2. Global warming is becoming a very serious concern, yet all too many continue with their daily routines without considering ways they can help reduce energy usage. It takes the effort of everyone in order to make a significant difference to preserve our planet for future generations. If you see the present dangers and want to take steps toward fixing the problem, there are five easy ways to reduce energy costs in your home. 1. The Power of the Plug We have many electronics and appliances that we leave plugged in when not in use. Items such as your television or toaster, for example, are ones we don't consider unplugging. What many fail to realize, however, is that they are still consuming energy. Although the amounts are minimal, they still add up over time. If you are going to be out of the home for an extended period of time, go ahead and pull the plug on the things that won't be in use. 2. In Regards to Your Dishes If you use a dishwasher, there are a few steps you can take to reduce your usage and overall cost. For starters, take a look at your settings. If you are using the cycle that includes drying, instead allow yours to air-dry naturally. By doing this, you can eliminate a stunning 20 percent usage on the unit. You can also wait until the dishwasher is completely full before starting a new cycle. Take the time to teach your children and other family members how to efficiently load the dishwasher to minimize washing sessions. 3. Your Bulbs We enjoy a well lit room to boost productivity and allow us to see what we're doing. However, if you are still using incandescent bulbs, you are losing with every electric bill you pay. Compact fluorescent bulbs do cost a little more initially, but they are certainly worth the investment. The actual amount saved varies depending on the size of your home, but, to put this into perspective, if you replaced 15 bulbs in your home, you could expect an approximate savings of $50 per year. 4. Don't Forget Your Filters It can be easy to forget your hvac system when considering how to save energy. While we understand the benefit of buying a more efficient unit, you may not have the money to invest in one. One thing you can make a habit of doing on a regular basis is replacing your filters. When your filter becomes packed, your hvac unit has to work much harder to ensure proper temperature control. A clean, fresh filter allows your unit to "breathe" easier while also reducing pollutants in your home. 5. Managing Your Thermostats There are likely certain hours of the day when nobody is home. During this time, you don't need to overuse your heater, but, you also don't want to come home to a cold house. You can now install thermostats that can be controlled online. You have the power anywhere with Internet. Many even have setting you can manage to have the house begin to warm up a set amount of time before you get home to ensure your comfort while keeping your bills low. Take a look at NorthStar Alarm reviews to see how your home can benefit from a smart system that allows you to remotely control power, heat and cooling. When it comes to worldwide pollution concerns, it can be easy to find your own contribution as minimal. However, with a current population of over seven billion, if everyone would take the time to implement just some of these tips, it would make a tremendous difference. When you take proactive measures to save energy in your home, you can inspire those around you to do the same.