Save Money With Home Energy Improvements

The biggest problem I always had with saving energy was finding out where all my energy use was going. I signed up with Microsoft Hohm and used their special tool to evaluate my home. After understanding which home appliances were using all the energy, I was set to find out how to start saving on […]

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The biggest problem I always had with saving energy was finding out where all my energy use was going. I signed up with Microsoft Hohm and used their special tool to evaluate my home. After understanding which home appliances were using all the energy, I was set to find out how to start saving on my energy.

Hohm offered charts and graphs comparing my energy usage with my neighbors and friends. This part felt like a game for me as I tried to beat my neighbor’s average energy use. In the past, my hesitation towards energy saving products was the cost. With Hohm, I could create a project list and determine how much I was willing to spend in order to save. This was very advantageous because I wanted to see energy results immediately before spending any money. For example, was I willing to save a couple of hundred bucks a year by purchasing an energy efficient washer that cost $1500? These scenarios were clearly outlined for me. It allowed me to take charge of my home energy use costs and also help out the planet in the process.

Energy saving tips for your home

I think the simplest home energy fix that I discovered was setting my computer to hibernate when I am no longer using it. It was as simple as choosing the option in my computer and adjusting the idle time. Another easy energy saving top was replacing my light bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). It used to be that CFL’s cost significantly more than regular inefficient light bulbs but through the process of mass manufacturing and energy saving programs, that cost has been brought way down. It is possible now to save approximately $30 per bulb. Best of all, the bulb replacements are virtually gone because CFL’s last 10 times as long. I hated getting a ladder to reach the highest ceilings in my house just to change a light bulb that would be guaranteed to break in 4-5 months.

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