Making your home more energy efficient can save you a lot of money in the long run. One way to make a home more energy efficient is insulating the water pipes and the water heater. With the water heater it takes a bit of energy to heat up the water in your home. If you insulate the pipes and the water heater you can save on a significant amount on your energy bills. One other thing when it comes to the water heater is when you use less water it tends to save you money on your energy bills. If you take the steps to reduce your water bill it will almost always reduce your energy bill also.
Effective insulation slows the rate that heat flows out of the house in winter or into the house in summer, so less energy is required to heat or cool the house. If your house has no wall insulation, and it has more-or-less continuous wall cavities (such as conventional stud walls), blown-in insulation can greatly improve your comfort and save enough energy to be very cost-effective. (It rarely pays to blow additional insulation into already insulated walls.) If your attic is unfinished, it often pays to upgrade its insulation.
Another way to make your home more energy efficient is to replace all the incandescent bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs give you the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs, but use twenty five percent less power. One other benefit of using compact fluorescent bulbs is they last ten times longer.
One last way to make your home more energy efficient is to turn off lights and appliances when not in use. A lot of money and energy is lost when lights and appliances are left on when no one is using them. One other thing when it comes to appliances is when you’re buying a new appliance, look for one with the energy star on it. Making your home more energy efficient does take a bit of work, but if done right it can save you a lot of money in the long run.