Hi there, Queensville here with another great post. As I’ve mentioned before, my homes are going to be fresher, healthier, and more efficient. You can look forward to ENERGY STAR qualified homes with water conserving fixtures, and draft-free construction, that are surrounded by 129 acres of preserved green space.
In general, my homes will help you to save close to 25% on your annual energy costs – not bad, right? However, you don’t have to wait until you move here to enjoy a greener lifestyle. Here are some simple things you can do today that will help you conserve energy in your home.
Did you know the energy used over the lifetime of a single (incandescent) bulb costs up to 10 times the original price of the bulb itself? Consider LED or CFL bulbs, which last dramatically longer and use less energy.
Remember to turn off lights when you're leaving a room. If you or your family are forgetful, try installing movement sensors, so lights only activate when needed.
Electronic appliances, such as your TVs and computers, can consume (almost) as much energy when in standby mode as they do while they're being used. Consider turning them off, and unplugging them when not in use.
Wait until you have a full load before turning on your washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher. Change the lint filter after every dryer load and consider air-drying clothes when the weather allows. Use the air-dry function on your dishwasher. Preheat your oven only when necessary.
The cheapest, most environmentally sound heat/light source is the sun. Open blinds, drapes, and shutters to let solar energy warm and brighten your home naturally.
Plug, insulate, caulk, or seal your home to make it as leak-proof as possible, which helps keep cool/warm air in (or out).
Making small changes in your home can lead to significant long-term savings. How do you conserve energy in your home? Visit my Facebook page and let me know. I’ll continue to share things I love with you next week.