Energy & Money Saving Tips With Simple Home Improvements
By Jim Ames
Without a doubt, if you have a fireplace and use it, it can be beneficial to your energy bills. However, if you have one and do not use it, it can be a leading cause of escaped energy within your home.
Where does your home stand and what can you do to improve these things?
Is the fireplace a good thing for energy conservation or is it a potential pitfall?
Points to Consider:
1) The first thing to take into consideration is how much you actually use the fireplace. If you honestly do not use the fireplace all that often, then consider having it permanently closed. This will keep a tremendous amount of energy from escaping from your chimney during the winter and the summer months when the air conditioning and the heat are on full blast. If you do make this happen, make sure that you do not light the fireplace at all as the smoke will have no place to go.
2) If you do use your fireplace have it checked carefully. Make sure it has a flue in place and that it is able to keep air from coming into the home. Also, have it cleaned. A clean fireplace is one that is safe for your use. To make the most of the heat that a fire can produce, you may want to consider a heater blower which will blow the heat from the fire out into the home. This can significantly increase the amount of energy that you actually get from the fireplace.
3) To make this worthwhile, you do need to have a good amount of wood on hand that has been seasoned and is ready to go. Although you may not like the work of hauling wood into and out of the home, running the fireplace for just several hours a day can considerably bring down the high cost of heat during the winter months.
When used properly, the fireplace is an ideal tool for energy conservation. If you are looking for a way to save on energy, this may be a good way to do it. Yet, you must take care of a fireplace or you will burn wood too quickly and ineffectively for it to really benefit you. On a cold winter night, this is just the place to be. Hence, consider your true usage of the fireplace and your ability to benefit from it.
It’s the Little Things in Life
When it comes to energy conservation, the small things can add up quickly. If you think that you can not afford to find a way to save on your energy bill, consider the various small things that you can do that will easily add up to savings across the board. With so many different things out there, there is no way that you will not benefit from them.
Little things do add up. If you didn’t think that by turning off a few lights that you could save a considerable amount of money on your next energy bill, think again. Here are several tips that you can do today to start seeing improvements right away.
• Check for leaks of air coming through from the electrical outlets in your home. If you feel a draft coming in, this could be why. To conserve energy here, make sure you caulk and insulate the area.
• For car fuel savings, step on the gas pedal much slower. Do not get to the street’s mileage as quickly. Slow down early when approaching red lights. Ease onto the gas when the light turns green again. These things will greatly benefit your miles per gallon of gas.
• Unplug all of your LED appliances. If your coffee pot or other appliances in your kitchen have LED lights on them, they are taking up electricity just by being on. Unplug your appliances after use.
• Use your ceiling fan instead of using your air conditioning. Moving air just feels better and it will also help you to actually cool down without the cost of air conditioning.
• Turn off the lights. You will save a good deal of money just by turning off extra lights in your home. Open the drapes and allow the sunlight to be used instead. You will save a good deal of money by turning off just a handful of lights each day or week.
Energy conservation starts with little things. Make a plan of it. Play a game and see just how many different lights the kids can keep off. There are many small things that you can do in your home, outside of your home and in your vehicle to save on energy costs. Doing so will improve your bill but also will improve the environment as well.