Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Energy saving light bulbs are small, so it might seem like they can’t possibly save you that much money. The reverse is true, however. There are a variety of energy-efficient bulbs on the market, some of which use less than 75 percent of the energy used by traditional light bulbs. They last longer as well, which is even better. You’ll save money on your power bill and your store bill, because you won’t have to constantly replace your bulbs.
Fluorescent bulbs are helpful options too, but only if you’re willing to install new fixtures as well. Even with standard energy-saving lights, they’re actually brighter than regular bulbs. You’ll spend less but get even more illumination.
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If you want to save money on electricity, think about solar panel installation. Situated on the roof of your home, they create electricity and heat your water, if you like. The sun essentially provides all of your electricity needs, so in effect, you’re a power company unto yourself. Solar panels are no longer unsightly either, and in addition to saving money, they add value to your home and even result in tax breaks or refunds. The freedom to basically go off the grid quickly pays for the cost of installation, but if you’re handy, you can actually do it yourself.
A Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are huge energy savers. You’ll no longer have to manually program the thermostat, nor will you have to come home to a freezing cold or too-hot house. Programmable thermostats make it easy to program the temperature to more energy-efficient settings. Program the heat to come on an hour before you get home or before you get up in the morning. You can even program them by the days of the week for added convenience. Now it won’t take as long for your home to get warm and you won’t waste energy by keeping the heat on constantly.
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A Solar Hot Water Heater
A solar hot water tank is an excellent investment in terms of saving money and the environment. When you think about the amount of gas or electricity it takes to heat your water when you use it, you’ll understand why. Solar powered water tanks use the power of the sun to heat the water, but the difference is that it remains heated within its tank, which is fully insulated. There’s also the option of using your solar panels to heat the water in your tank, which is even more efficient.