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Product Of The Month: 3 Inexpensive Energy Efficient Products

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in For Your Home | 0 comments

Product Of The Month: 3 Inexpensive Energy Efficient Products

If the cooler weather has you dreading those winter heating bills, consider taking these 3 easy and inexpensive steps to make your home more energy efficient. Whether you rent or you own, these small improvements are well worth the time and money.

Insulate Your Outlets and Switches

Outet and Light Switch Insulators

Several companies, including Duck and Frost King, make pre-cut foam insulators for outlets. Since it’s only necessary to insulate outlets and switches on outside walls, save yourself some time on this project by keeping it small and skipping the outlet and switches on interior walls.

Get more information on this project, here.

 

Insulate Your Water Heater With A Blanket

Hot water heater with blanketThis winter, keep your hot water heater cozy with a thermal blanket . Hot water heater blankets only cost $15-$30 so most people will find that they pay for themselves within a year, sooner if you’re like me and have an old water heater that sits in the middle of an unfinished basement.

Get more information  on this project, here.

 

 Install A Programmable Thermostat

Honeywell Programmable ThermostatThe first month after I installed a programmable thermostat, my energy usage decreased by about 20% and I immediately regretted waiting so long.

There are many types of programmable thermostats available for under $30. The one I have is a Honeywell 5-2 day programmable thermostat which allows me to set cycles for weekdays and weekends to raise the temperature when I’m usually home and lower it when I’m not home and when I’m sleeping.

If you have an irregular schedule and/or travel frequently and want to be able to monitor and adjust temperature setting from your phone or computer, check out the Nest Learning Thermostat. It’s a bit more pricey, but my friends who have one say it’s worth every penny.

Get more information  on this project, here.

Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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