Energy Efficiency

Being energy efficient is becoming increasingly more important, not just for the environment, but for our wallets as well. From light bulbs to the fridge, from the water heater to the oven, household appliances are becoming more geared towards energy efficiency.

As with many things in life, sometimes the first steps to becoming energy efficient are the most difficult. Once you get started, the results can be long-lasting and help you for years to come. With a little bit of help, you can take the steps to change the way you use energy.

Getting started

What’s the hardest part about learning how to drive stick? Getting started. You aren’t going to be driving up and down hills the first time you get in the driver’s seat of a manual car. Sometimes you aren’t even able to get out of first gear your initial try. With help and guidance from those who have done it before, you can become as skillful as Mario Andretti. Although this car you drive may not be the most energy-efficient car.

The same is true with becoming energy efficient. The first step is always the hardest, but with help from those who have done it before, research, and testing it out, you can become as energy efficient as Al Gore. Well, maybe not that much, but close. There are so many resources available; you just have to find them.

The facts

Sometimes when we think of becoming energy efficient our first thought goes to clips of melting ice narrated by Morgan Freeman, but there is so much more to it than that. If you don’t care about the polar bears, global warming, or going green, become energy efficient for selfish reasons.

Moving towards efficient energy use can save you money every year. Here are some of the reasons to switch to more environmentally minded products:

  • Current fridges use 40% less energy than those just ten years ago, reducing the electric bill
  • Most newer appliances save on energy costs, plus who doesn’t like to go out and buy something new?
  • By installing solar panels, not only can you cut spending with the power company, but sell power back to them, earning some extra cash
  • Appliances that are more energy efficient usually last longer
  • It can be as easy as using different light bulbs, or as drastic as replacing all the windows in your house

You’ve always wanted to remodel the house, and you love buying new things, so why not make the switch to energy efficient products? You’ll save so much in the long run, it’s ok to splurge a bit while remodeling the kitchen.

If you want your house to be cool and comfortable in the summer, and have superior heating in the winter, switch to energy-efficient products. Reduce your water bill by upgrading to a better washer. Switching to energy efficient appliances is a way for you to save money; helping to reduce greenhouse gases is just a byproduct of that. Work towards a home that is environmentally friendly and save money. The low costs will be something that lasts the rest of your appliance’s life.

By Cassie Costner

Cassie has researched how to reduce her own carbon footprint, as well as reduce her heating and electric bill. After her heater went out during the winter, she has begun looking for the most superior heating available, while still being energy efficient.

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