Save Electricity with These Home Improvements

With so many ways to go green around your home, it’s never been easier to save electricity and lower your electric bill. By using less electricity each month, you can save you money and help protect the planet. Read below to learn four eco-friendly appliances and/or home additions that can help you save electricity while also doing your part to help the environment. When it comes to making your home a green-living residence, the end result certainly justifies the means.

Install Solar Panels

One of the best ways to save electricity is to purchase solar panels for your home. Solar panels provide a renewable resource – solar power from the sun – to your home. Solar power does not pollute the environment or emit greenhouse gases. Once you have purchased and installed solar panels for your home, you won’t have to pay electrical expenses to power them.

The government provides federal and state tax incentives for homeowners who choose to power their home with solar panels. Depending on your state, these incentives could cover up to 90% of the purchase and installation costs of your solar unit. Since solar power is becoming increasingly popular, manufacturing and installation costs have decreased by almost one-third in the past decade. On average, it takes roughly two to three years to recoup the costs of purchasing and installing solar panels. After those few years, you’ll save electricity and save a lot of money.

Consider Energy Star Appliances

The government also provides tax incentives for homeowners who purchase Energy Star appliances. The current tax credit is 30% of the cost of the appliance(s), up to $1,500. Energy Star appliances typically cut a home’s energy and/or water use in half. This means that you’ll save electricity and lower your utility bill.

Energy Star products include but are not limited to:

  • refrigerators;
  • central AC units;
  • dishwashers;
  • furnaces;
  • water heaters;
  • washer/dryers.

Use CFL Bulbs

Though it’s a small home improvement, using Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) will cut your utility bill by about $30 each year. These energy-saving light bulbs use almost 80% less energy and last up to ten times longer than normal bulbs. On average, CFL bulbs pay for themselves in about six months. So the next time you’re at the store, go ahead and pay the extra few dollars for CFL bulbs. Your wallet and Mother Nature will thank you!

Maximize Energy Efficiency

Another great way to save electricity is to maximize energy efficiency in your home. For example, ensuring that your home is properly insulated can save you hundreds of dollars each year. Using caulk or plastic foams to seal cracks along your windows and doors is an affordable, easy way to improve insulation and save electricity. What’s more, the government even offers a tax credit for insulation products and materials.

You can also save electricity and increase energy efficiency in your home by changing air filters regularly, correcting leaking air ducts, and by annually inspecting hot water heaters, boilers, heat pumps, and air conditioning systems.

 

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