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Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at Property Inspection Solutions, we want to change that.

Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves.

Why make your home more energy efficient? Here are a few good reasons:

  • Federal, state, utility and local jurisdictions' financial incentives, such as tax breaks, are very advantageous for homeowners in most parts of the U.S.

  • It saves money. It costs less to power a home that has been converted to be more energy-efficient.

  • It increases the comfort level indoors.

  • It reduces our impact on climate change. Many scientists now believe that excessive energy consumption contributes significantly to global warming.

  • It reduces pollution. Conventional power production introduces pollutants that find their way into the air, soil and water supplies.

Find better ways to heat and cool your house.

As much as half of the energy used in homes goes toward heating and cooling. The following are a few ways that energy bills can be reduced through adjustments to the heating and cooling systems:

  • Install a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can be used in place of air conditioners, which require a large amount of energy.

  • Replace air filters (recommended 3 x months) in air conditioners and heaters.

  • Set thermostats to an appropriate temperature. Specifically, they should be turned up at night and when no one is home. In most homes, about 2% of the cooling bill will be saved for each degree that the thermostat is lowered for at least eight hours each day. Turning up the thermostat from 75° F to 70° F, for example, saves about 10% on cooling costs.

  • Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat saves money by allowing heating and cooling appliances to be automatically turned down during times that no one is home and at night. Programmable thermostats contain no mercury and, in some climate zones, can save up to $150 per year in energy costs.

  • During the summer, curtains drawn over windows will better insulate the room and reduce your cooling costs

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