Owning a home is a wonderful experience, but it is also a great deal of work and can create costs for you. Many high-net worth homes have extra amenities that, while they may improve your experience in the home, use a great deal of energy and could be bad for the environment and for your wallet. Begin reducing household energy use by simple behavioral adjustments or utilizing home improvements. First, consider benefiting from Delaware High-Net worth insurance in case of an unexpected occurrence. While knowing your home is has the coverage it needs, you can then save on utility bills and protect the environment by implementing simple methods to conserve energy.
On a day-to-day basis, these habits will help you to use less energy in your home.
- Conserve energy by simply turning off lights or appliances when they aren’t in use.
- Perform household tasks manually to cut back on energy-intensive appliance use.
- Use your thermostat consciously. Heating and cooling costs equal to about half of an average home’s utility bills.
- Utilize a home energy monitor to know which appliances are taking the most electricity on a daily basis.
Traditional incandescent light bulbs require an excessive amount of electricity and must be replaced more often than their energy-efficient alternatives. Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights, and LEDs use much less electricity and last longer than traditional bulbs.
Although energy-efficient bulbs are more expensive initially, their efficient energy use and longer service lives equal cost less in the long run. Energy efficient bulbs triumph in environmental and financial benefits.
Appliances are responsible for about 13% of total household energy use. When purchasing an appliance, pay attention to the initial purchase price and the annual operating cost. Energy-efficient appliances may have higher purchase prices but their operating costs are much lower than conventional models.
Look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label, which is a federal guarantee that the appliance will consume less energy than the standard models.
Reducing Water Heating Expenses
Water heating is a large component to your total energy consumption. Other than purchasing an energy-efficient water heater, there are three easy methods of reducing water heating expenses:
- Simply use less hot water
- Turn down the thermostat on your water heater
- Insulate your water heater and the first six feet of hot and cold water pipes.
Consider the type of water heater that meets your needs and the type of fuel it requires. Also, efficient water heaters have a life span of 10 to 15 years, allowing water-heating savings to accumulate.
Windows are significant source of energy waste and can add up to 25% of your total heating bill. Prevent heat loss through your windows by replacing single-pane windows with double-pane. For homes in moderately low temperature regions such as Delaware, gas-filled windows with “low-e” coatings can dramatically reduce heating expenses.
Insulation plays a key role in lowering utility bills by retaining heat during the winter and keeping heat out during summer. The recommended level of heat resistance for your insulation depends on where you live. Northeast states require a much higher resistance. The attic, walls, floors, basement, and crawlspace are the most important areas to add insulation.
About IFS Insurance
At IFS Insurance, we specialize in protecting homeowners and renters throughout Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Our quality solutions and commitment to excellence has allowed us to serve these states for over 50 years. For more information about our products, we invite you to contact us today at (800) 598-0420