4 Ways to Save Energy and Money on your Home
Combine style and energy conservation to create a pleasing home aesthetic. Of all the ways you can preserve energy, prime examples of the methods of energy consumption and production that can also fit into anyone’s style are solar panels, windows, tankless water heaters, and space heaters, all of which can also make serious dents in your monthly energy bill.
Before you decide on a method of energy conservation, look at your energy bill to see your monthly usage (usually in kilowatt hours). Often times, energy companies and government agencies will provide tips to help you use less energy. One of the improvements for which energy companies and even the government just might be willing to provide incentives has to do with that great ball of fire in the sky.
Sleek Solar panels
Solar panels save you money and help the environment by producing energy (plus, they are usually tax deductible). You can purchase solar panels in different forms. For example, you can opt for the traditional panels, or go sleek with glass roof tiles. Even though the former is a mark of one’s intent to help the planet, the roof tile solar panels are less conspicuous because they blend with the roof. Energy production is not the only way you can save on your heating bill. A common household upgrade can sometimes let in more than the sunlight.
One of the more common ways a home can lose heat is through its windows. If you do not use the proper insulation and/or you do not have the right type of window, heat escapes, and cold air gets in. On average, 30 percent of a home’s heat is lost through windows. You can either install energy efficient windows, or you can opt for less expensive options, such as window dressings. Curtains, drapes, or blinds can help reduce heat loss through the window by acting as a sort of stylish insulation. The utilization of another element of the Earth in our everyday lives can also be reduced.
Inconspicuous Water Heaters
Water heaters are normally large and hidden away in dank, dark basements. They store the water and heat it up giving us our hot water for dishes and showers. Instead of reheating stored water, tankless water heaters heat only the water you use. Their smaller sizes allow them to be placed in more accessible areas. You would no longer have to waste energy on standby heat loss when keeping unused water hot. To reduce overall usage, you can reduce it in smaller areas first.
Neater Space Heaters
Space heaters are no longer the open flame disasters-in-waiting appliances of the past. Smaller models today not only heat more space, but their heat sources are not exposed. Plus, they do not look like space heaters. Many are ceramic, making aesthetically pleasing shapes, sizes, and colors that can blend into any decor. You can still ask such questions as ‘How much electricity does a space heater use’, but there are compact sized units that use low kilowatt hours that heat sizeable areas.
There are many ways you can be energy conscious. Solar panels, windows, tankless water heaters, and space heaters are prime examples of methods of energy reduction and production. They can also fit into anyone’s style. Style and energy conservation can be combined to develop a home aesthetic that is pleasing to the senses and easier on the wallet. When you begin at home, conserving energy use is a simple way to help planet Earth. You and your family can do your part as a conscientious citizen of Earth to help it maintain its fragile balance. You can be stylish while helping the Earth be a better place for us and future generations.
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