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Save Energy And Money With These 7 Tips

Save Energy And Money With These 7 Tips

There are plenty of reasons to go green. Conserving energy and running an energy efficient home can lower your monthly utility bills, saving you some green for your wallet.

Here are seven simple ways to reduce your home’s energy footprint and save some cash!

1) Upgrading Appliances 

While the upfront cost may be higher, the national standards for energy efficiency are constantly improving the environmental performance of appliances, so the next time your old refrigerator needs repairs, it may be cheaper to replace and update to a newer model. Trading in your old appliances can save energy and money on utilities and repairs.

2) Use Cold And Hot Water Wisely

Water heating can account for around 13% of all the energy your home uses. Dial the temperature of your water heater down to its warm setting (120°F), and you’ll save on water heating costs. You can also avoid a surprise hot water scalding. You can also try washing your clothes with cold water instead of warm or hot water and save up to five times more energy, your clothes will never know the difference.

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3) Smart Thermostats

Nest Thermostat

When you use a programmable thermostat correctly, you can save up to $150 a year. Look for a thermostat that can automatically turn off your air conditioning when you’re not home and turn it back on just in time for you to arrive to a cool and comfortable home. Even setting your thermostat for just a few degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winter will help save energy and utility costs. Also, consider smart WiFi thermostats that you can control from your smartphone wherever you are, even when you’re not home.

4) Swap Out Light Bulbs

Lighting can account for up to 10% of your total home energy cost. Swapping standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) can save you up to 75% on utility bills. CFLs last longer too, saving you money on replacements and trips to the hardware store.

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Also, be sure to pay attention to where you’re placing lamps, especially if you’re still using incandescent bulbs since they give off more heat than CFL bulbs. If you have lamps near your thermostat, it can wind up making your cooling system run longer than needed since the thermostat senses the heat. Keep lamps (and large electronics like TVs and computers) placed as far away as possible from your thermostat. 

5) Window Coverings

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Thermal curtains or shades can help keep your home cooler in the summer and keep heat in more efficiently in the winter. On a hot and sunny day, keeping window coverings drawn will block out the heat from the sun, saving you on air conditioning costs.

6) Inspect Ductwork Annually

Avoid wasting cooling and heating energy from blocked or damaged ducts by having your ducts professionally inspected once a year to make sure air is flowing properly, and they’re adequately insulated.

7) Landscaping For Energy Savings

A beautifully landscaped property isn’t just for curb appeal. Talk with a professional landscaping company about how placing trees and shrubs strategically around your home can save you on heating and cooling costs.

These are just a few ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Check with a home energy professional in your area; they can perform a thermographic inspection to detect any air leaks in your home and make recommendations to make your home even more efficient.

Need help finding an energy professional or have questions about your home’s energy saving potential? Get in touch.

Additional Resources

Energy Saving Tips for Winter – Via Bill Gassett

Not On Board with Solar? Addressing Top 7 Objections – Via Eileen Anderson

Homeowners Energy Saving Tips – Via Petra Norris

About Jamohl DeWald

My philosophy is simple: clients come first. I pledge to be in constant communication with my clients, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. If you’re not left with an amazing experience, I haven’t done my job. Success is not measured  through achievements or awards but through the satisfaction and repeat/referral business of my clients. My goal is to be your top realtor choice when it comes to buying or selling real estate. Having spent most of my life in Portland, OR.,  living in Northeast, Southeast, Bethany, Hillsboro, Beaverton, downtown, St. Johns, Clackamas and West Linn, I’m very knowledgeable of the many different neighborhoods  our city has to offer.


Jamohl DeWald

If you're going to pay a mortgage it may as well be your own! I'm here to serve you, not sell you. One of my greatest joys as a real estate professional is handing over the keys of ownership to a first-time home buyer. As an experienced agent, I understand that preparation is important to avoid missteps with that first home purchase. I’m here to help with navigating the waters of those potential missteps.

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