As temperatures start to fall, most home owners will start the process of implementing home improvements. However with the onslaught of winter only around the corner, home owners should consider measures to put in place that will help to reduce their heating bill.
Statistics show that the green products will often revert to paying for themselves rather quickly. Products such as incandescent lighting are extremely popular with the home owner, but are very, very inefficient, as only 10% of the energy they consume actually produces light. While other products such as the compact fluorescent lights not only last longer but they use far less energy. So in reality the home owner will save more money over the duration of usage in relation to reduced electricity bills against the purchasing price of the bulbs.
Statistics show that most householders’ energy consumption is used towards heating and cooling the home. This can be dramatically reduced by simply improving a home’s energy efficiency. The result is lower bills for heating and cooling the home, which can only be a beneficial factor at a time when the cost of fuel, food and energy are at an all time high.
Technicians at a company that manufactures one of the world’s most energy efficient heating and cooling systems “Residential Carrier” provide a range of tips designed to help the home owner reduce their energy bills.
* - Check your windows. Windows are considered one of the most effective measures for reducing the loss of heat from your home. If you have old single pained windows the likelihood is that the loss of heat through the windows will be great, however if you have installed good quality double glazed windows the insulation will be much greater. This in turn will stop a large amount of your heat being lost and help in saving you money on your heating bills.
* When purchasing and installing new windows, look for the Energy Star. Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, Energy Star products use less energy and help curb carbon emissions. Energy Star windows will also block drafts and prevent sunlight damage.
* - Insulate wisely. When it comes to insulating your home make sure that you choose a level of insulation that has a high R-value. Basically, the higher the R-value is, the better the insulation is for your home.
* - Choose an easy to use heating and cooling system. Programmable thermostats are great for enabling you to synchronise your homes temperature to your individual requirements. Rather than have the heating on all the time you have the ability to set the times when you want the heating to come on and vice versa. Certain heating systems will even remind you that you need to change such elements as the air filters. The air filter can become clogged up and result in your heating being impeded, this useful device will usually send an electronic prompt to let you know when it requires changing.
By following these tips you will be able to save money this winter through insulating your home, making your home much more comfortable for you and your family.
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