Energy Saving Tips for your Texas Home

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Home Inspector with Premier Property Inspections
  • Buy a programmable thermostat. Use it effectively and you can save you up to $190 a year on your energy bill.
  • Shade the exterior air conditioner condenser unit and plant trees strategically around your home to keep it cool. That can save you $100 to $200 a year.  Make sure you plant them on the south and west sides of the home.
  • Improving the insulation in your home can cut 20% off your cooling costs.
  • Using an attic fan can reduce air conditioning costs by another 10%.
  • Installing new energy-efficient or storm windows is a big expense but it can save you up to 30% on your annual energy bill over many years.
  • Even simple steps like using cold water for your laundry and replacing incandescent bulbs with the compact fluorescent bulbs around the home can save you over $100 a year.
  • Turn off everything you're not using; lights, TVs, computers, electronics, etc. Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on other indoor and outdoor lighting.
  • Close blinds, shades, shutters and draperies that are facing the sun to keep the sun's heat out and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
  • Check the weather-stripping and caulking around doors and windows. Eliminate all air leaks between window air conditioners and windows with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
  • Close all doors leading to the uncooled parts of your home. With central air, close off vents to all of the unused rooms.
  • Use fans to draw cooler air inside during the night and circulate air during the day. Even if you have air conditioning, ceiling and other fans provide additional cooling and better circulation so you can raise the thermostat and contain air conditioning costs.
  • Delay your heat-producing tasks such as washing and drying the laundry or dishes until later in the evening, and wait until loads are full.
  • Refrain from using nonessential appliances. Unplug them or use only them when necessary. A great example of this is an extra refrigerator in your garage. A refrigerator in an uncooled space such as a garage uses  much more energy on hot summer days than it does during the winter.
  • Replace your  used 100-watt incandescent bulbs with comparable 23-watt compact fluorescent bulbs. ENERGY STAR® -labeled compact fluorescents work well almost anywhere incandescent bulbs are in use, and can save you a great deal of  money over their lifetime.
  • Solar Screens can really keep the heat out of your home.  While some people don't care for the look, those who have had Solar Screens on their windows, they usually rave about them.

 With Texas energy bills costing $300 to $600 a month during the summer for a decent sized home, these tips can save you a significant amount of money.

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