Portsmouth NH Tips on Saving Energy In Your Home

Major reductions in heating and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Below are Portsmouth NH tips on Saving Energy In Your Home provided by John Wells, REALTOR.

Portsmouth NH Tips on Saving Energy In Your Home

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling it. Making minor adjustments to those systems you can reduce those costs! In addition, paying attention to the little things, really add up.  Let’s get you saving energy in your home!

Install A Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat saves money by allowing heating and cooling appliances to be automatically turned down during times that no one is home and at night. In most homes, about 2% of the heating bill will be saved for each degree that the thermostat is lowered for at least eight hours each day. Turning down the thermostat from 75° F to 70°F, for example, saves about 10% on heating costs. Programmable thermostats contain no mercury and, in some climate zones, can save up to $150 per year in energy costs.

All That Technology

Turn your technology off when you aren’t using them. Charges for phones, computers and other devices draw energy even when not plugged into the device. Also – turn your computer off when you are not using it! Studies show that 3% of energy consumed in the US are from computers.

Replace Incandescent Lights

About 11% of your energy bill goes to lighting. New lighting technologies, such as light- emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), can reduce energy use required by lighting by 50% to 75%.

Insulate And Seal Up Your Home

It’s easy and cost effective to do! Check you electrical outlets, pipes and wires, mail slots, air conditioners, attic hatches, fireplace dampers, weatherstripping around doors and window frames. Your local Home Depot or Lowe’s offers plenty of options to fill these gaps.

Draw The Curtains!

Not only keeps the peeping toms out but keeps the drafts away! Insulated curtains are also available at local retailers.

Save Energy In Your Home in Portsmouth NH

For more information on keeping your energy consumption down and staying warm this winter check out Stay Warm NH.

This blog with Portsmouth NH tips on Save Energy In Your Home was prepared by John Wells, REALTOR. Reach John on his cell at 978-518-1481 or via email at  john@johnpwells.com.

About Editor-John P. Wells

I am a resident of Newburyport and have worked in education, high tech and urban development. My interests in architecture and construction are invaluable to my clients. For more information please visit the Wellsco website.