Home Energy Conservation Tips - Save Money!

Home energy conservation tips, which can save many households and families enough money each month to add up to a considerable savings over time.

Conservation has been a buzzword for several years, now, as our world's resources are in greater demand than ever. At almost every turn, you can hear how and why we should cut down or find different ways of doing things.

But, in today's economy, financial resources are equally demanding and often as hard to come by. So, conservation efforts take on a more personal and more urgent tone, when a kilowatt here or a long distance minute there can break a family's budget.

So, sit down with a pen and paper, and think about the different things you and your family use, and how your money is spent. Then find ways to cut your costs and save resources at the same time. You may have to be resourceful at times, but it can be done.

Here are some tips to get you started:

· Turn lights off when not in use. Do you really need a bedroom light on when everyone's in the livingroom? How many lights are left on when everyone leaves the house? Also, do you really need multiple lights in one room, for everything you do?

· Turn appliances and other items off when you can't do everything at the same time. Can anyone really listen to a radio and scanner while watching television?

· Seal cracks around doors, windows, and walls. Don't pay for hot or cool air that escapes through cracks and openings scattered around the house. Also, check your house's insulation. Make sure you have done all you can to keep the air you pay for inside the house.

· Find ways to consolidate. Wait until you have a full load in the washing machine, dryer or dishwasher, before turning these appliances on.

· Turn the thermostat down or up, depending on the season, to conserve energy. In the summer, go around in shorts, t-shirts and barefooted. In winter, put on extra clothing, or snuggle up under a blanket or next to a blazing fire to stay warm.

· When brushing teeth, use only the amount of water needed. Don't leave the water running the entire time. Also, use less water when taking a bath, or take shorter showers. Re-use water in anyway possible that is sanitary and safe.

· Re-use items you normally throw away. Be creative! Find a new way to use discarded boxes, cans, clothing, etc. Almost anything is fair game here.

· Compare and study different long distance phone plans to find the one that best fits your needs and lifestyle. Write a letter instead of making a long distance call. Call at nights or on week-ends, whenever rates are lower.

· Use coupons and make price comparisons before you buy anything. Don't cheat yourself out of some interesting and fun shopping. However, use caution and take some time to carefully consider items before you purchase. Make sure it's something you really want or need. See if you can stretch items used in your home, so that they last longer, delaying the time you must purchase new items.

· Keep regular maintenance on your appliances and other home equipment. Regular care and attention can ease any maintenance bills that come your way when a repair becomes necessary. These repair bills may well be cheaper, as well, by maintaining your belongings. Better a repair than to have to shell out for a brand new item.

· Finally, even the little things can really add up over time. For instance, how much energy (and money) would you save over time, if you simply let your hair air dry, instead of using a blow drier every day? Know that little leak in the kitchen or bathroom sink? How much water is wasted, and how much higher your water bill, than if you simply had the leak fixed as soon as it was spotted?

These and other tips and suggestions can only make your home more affordable, and our world's resources less strained, if all of us would just take a few minutes here and there and give thought to what we do on a daily basis.

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