There is no worse feeling than spending half of your salary on energy bills. Unfortunately, if we are not careful enough, our home expenses can skyrocket quickly, making us feel as if we were working just to pay them off. With this in mind, we’ve singled out an amazing list of suggestions on how to cut these expenses in no time. Let’s take a look, and go green!
Replace your light bulbs with LEDs
No one likes spending time in dark poorly-light rooms, but considering how much energy regular incandescent light bulbs consume, maybe we can get used to it, or not? Luckily, we don’t even need to try this since there is a much better solution – LED lights. They are shown to be much more energy-efficient and a typical LED requires only between 30 mW and 60 mW to function properly. On top of that, LEDs are much more durable, so even if they are a bit more expensive than regular ones, investing in them will definitely pay off in the long run. Finally, they cast natural-looking light that will be soothing to your eyes, and you won’t need to worry about suffering from eye strain.
Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full
You may have bought Energy Star appliances and that’s absolutely recommendable, but don’t think even for a second that you can stop being economical and run them every day. Instead, you should try to make a plan and use both your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full. After all, no matter whether you put in a half of the load or a full one, your washing machine will spend the same amount of energy and water.
Switch to solar energy
Solar energy is slowly taking over the world and more and more people are starting to recognize all the benefits it has to offer. So, if you want to join the green team, installing solar panels is the right way to go. Even though the price of this project may seem slightly off-putting, you need to have a long-term goal in mind and be ready to invest in it. Not only are we talking about a renewable energy source that can never be depleted, but we also need to highlight its green quality and the fact that solar energy is absolutely harmless to the environment, especially in comparison to fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Finally, it’s estimated that by switching to solar energy you’ll manage to earn up to 1000$ in savings every year. How amazing is that?
Insulate your roof and ceiling
Quality insulation is the key to minimizing energy waste. However, apart from insulating the walls, you need to insulate your roof and ceiling as well since leaving the job half finished is absolutely pointless. Once you’re done with this, you’ll notice immediately how easier it will be to keep the temperature constant both during summer and winter, without repeatedly having to reboot your thermostat. Consequently, you’ll manage to reduce the amount of energy you spend and thus save significantly on your electricity bills.
Buy a water-efficient showerhead
Last but not least, since the consumption of water, while showering is often responsible for high energy bills, it’s high time you bought a water-efficient showerhead. This is an amazing device that will help you save water without even noticing the difference. However, don’t forget to check with a reliable plumber what type of shower head is suitable for your water system. After all, you don’t want to end up buying one that is not compatible with your current water pressure. Lastly, if you are planning to buy a new property, don’t forget to check the house and land packages and whether they include all these green features. This way, you’ll save yourself the trouble of renovation and be able to move in immediately.
Plant trees in your yard
Aside from focusing on how to go green indoors, you should think about the landscaping as well. Just imagine how great it would be to plant trees in your backyard that will shade your entire house! Not only will you be able to enjoy this magnificent view every morning when you wake up, but you’ll also use the AC much less and thus once again manage to cut your home expenses. Finally, having such beautiful landscaping will increase the value of your property immensely, so in case you decide to sell it one day, you’ll easily find a serious buyer ready to invest in it.
As you can see, there are so many amazing ways to cut your home expenses without having to disturb the comfort of your home. All it takes is a bit of planning, readiness to invest in alternative green solutions and an ability to embrace new technologies. Good luck, and stay green!
[su_box title=”About The Author” box_color=”#777b8a”] Lucas is a real estate agent and renewable energy consultant with many hobbies and passions, but above all, he enjoys the most spending time with his wife – Mara. He also likes Lord of the Rings. He, actually, very much likes Lord of the Rings. He is a regular contributor at smoothdecorator.com.[/su_box]