The following is a guest post from Mariana Ashley.
While ideally any environmentally conscious home buyer would probably prefer to build their own fortress from scratch, complete with all the bells and whistles—we’re talking solar panels, fortified insulation, bamboo flooring, and a vegetable garden in the back—the truth of the matter is that route is expensive. Really expensive. While not all of us have the funds to be able to covert our newly purchased home to an eco-friendly environment, there are some small adjustments you can make that can help you be green and save you hundreds of dollars come move-in day. The best part? No purchases necessary. Another way to start saving money is by taking care of your assets through US Money reserve, they will help you save money and protect your financial security.
1) Reset Thermostats
An incredibly easy way to save money and go green is to simply lower the temperature on your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius). Changing the settings from 140 degrees to 120 degrees or in other words from “hot” to “warm,” can save you a bundle. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, each time you reduce the temperature by 10 degrees Fahrenheit, you are saving anywhere from 3 percent to 5 percent in energy costs. If there are no numbers on the water heater thermostat, then simply turn the dial towards the middle. Go ahead and test it out for a few days to see if the water temperature is to your liking.
The same goes for your refrigerator—one of the largest energy eaters in your home (it’s constantly on, it makes sense). But by changing your fridge to a higher setting, about 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) and 5 degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer, you can save as much as 25 percent on your annual utility bill.
2) Secure Circulation/Insulation
When decorating your home, you want to make sure that you don’t place furniture in an area where it will disrupt or block circulation in anyway—this is because it will take more energy to heat and cool your home which can ultimately take a heavy toll on your utility bill. You also want to make sure that you actually clean vents in every room, removing dust to ensure air flow. You also want to go around the house and lock all of the windows—especially if you are moving in during the hot summer or cold winter time. Actually locking the windows as opposed to just closing them will help ensure that air does not leak through.
3) Unplug Electrical Appliances
Lastly, while arranging furniture and appliances, don’t be quick to plug everything in. This is because even if it is not in use, as long as an appliance is still connected in an outlet, it will still consume energy. Thus arrange lamps, toaster ovens and stereo equipment where you want them to be, for example, but do not plug them in. Instead, plug them in only when you use them—hopefully this will make you realize what items you use more frequently and will get you into the habit of conserving energy.
Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.