Energy efficient home can also be achieved by changing your household habits. There are a lot of things in your homes in which you can do in order to make your homes more energy efficient. According to the EPA, the average American family spends $1300 a year on energy bills. Changing your household habits by just a little bit, you can achieve a savings of around $260 to $390 per year which is about 20 to 30 percent of your household total energy cost. Take a look around your house – you can make a difference in creating an energy efficient home in just a few hours.

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Energy efficient home isn’t just about your house. It’s also about how your household uses the house and its systems. Things such as operating the ceiling fans can have an effect on the cooling or heating effect of your house. For example, for a cooling effect, you can operate the fans counterclockwise during hot weather. For cold weather, operate them clock wise to help distribute warm air throughout the room.

You can also consider turning down your hot-water tank’s temperature  to 120 degree F (which also reduces the risk of scalding), and positioning the fridge away from heat sources like stoves, dishwasher and even sunlight (which make it work harder to cool food). It also helps to maintain your appliances. Clean fridge and freezer condenser coils and defrost freezers regularly, and clean dryer lint filters with every load.

Take advantage of “passive” (and free!) solar heating in cold climates: Open curtains and blinds when it’s sunny, and close them when it’s dark. In hot climates, shield windows that face east, west and south with shade panels, awnings, shutters, blinds, or curtains. For a more permanent solution, apply a reflective film to the windows glass that lets light, but not heat, into the house. Deciduous trees (whose leaves drop in the fall) can reduce the heating effect of summer sun while still allowing winter sun to warm up the house.

Operate appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryer only on full loads and on the shortest and coolest cycle that will do the job. Use dishwashers and fridges on energy-saving settings. When possible, air-dry dishes and clothes. (If you are drying laundry on the line, turn clothes inside out to reduce fading, and shake the clothes to get rid of pollen, dust and insects.)

To further reduce electricity, the following are some habits you can adjust to create an energy efficient home.

  • Turn off lights and appliances such as stereos when you leave a room.
  • Choose toaster ovens, microwaves, and electric skillets instead of the oven.
  • Turn off your computer monitor (even if you leave your computer on).
  • Use a timer to switch on your car’ block heater just one to three hours before it’s needed.

In conclusion, achieving an energy efficient home isn’t as difficult as you think. You can do so by just adjusting your daily habits mentioned above. Doing just a little bit, you can save roughly 20 to 30 percent of your yearly energy cost which is quite worth the effort.

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