It used to be that investing in energy efficient technologies was expensive, and was only worth it if you wanted a green home, not a cost efficient home. However, over the last few years, investing in energy efficient technologies for your home has become incredibly cost-effective. So much so, that you can actually save money by investing in energy efficient technology. Here are some ways that going green at home can save you money.
The first place to look to save money by being efficient is with the power that you use and consume at home. There are a lot of new technologies that can save you money on your electric bill. The easiest place to start is with lighting – upgrade to CFL lightbulbs and save money when your lights are on.
If you want to take it a step further, look at investing in solar panels and generating your own electricity for your home and not having to pay an electric bill ever again. There are a lot of incentives that make this very affordable, and you will probably get your money back very quickly.
Many people don’t think about natural gas or heating oil expense, but this is the key part of your heating bill. If you live in a cold climate, this can really get expensive some years. To save on heating, the first thing you should do is weather-proof your house, and make sure that you have energy efficient appliances, like a heater. It is also important that you keep them in great running condition, so they work optimally.
If you need to upgrade, many places offer a renewable heat incentive, which could allow you to save money if you get certain types of heaters.
Finally, you should look for ways to save water as well, especially if you live where water is scarce and expensive. There are ways to invest in low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets to save on your regular water usage. You can also make sure you’re using water-smart dishwashers and washing machines to make sure you’re saving their as well.
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