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Published on July 27th, 2017 | by Guest

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Home Additions – Sustainable Technology which Cuts our Bills

Sustainability or green living is becoming involved in people’s lives and their minds – it has become a way of life. Nowadays, we have all kinds of developments and technologies that help us live a more eco-friendly life, waste less energy, and at the same time, save more money.

Spot thermometer

If you’re trying to cut your energy bill, the very first thing you need to do is a home energy audit. You can hire a professional to come out to your house and do a thorough energy audit of your entire home, or you can do it yourself by getting your spot infrared thermometer. You can use it to find heat leaks and places that may need additional insulation in your house. The way it works is simple. You just turn it on and then from a few feet away you can get a thermal reading of the actual temperature of the spot that the device is pointed at. You can also pan around different parts of your house and see when you get to a colder spot, because the color in the thermometer laser will change, and that might be a place where you need additional insulation or you have an air leak.

Programmable thermostat

The next item that should be on the top of your list if you are trying to cut your energy usage and cost is a programmable thermostat. It is an invaluable addition to your home. It allows you to set the exact time and date that your home’s heating or cooling goes on, and it also allows you to control the temperature of your home from afar. These thermostats are lifesavers for busy people who don’t want to have to keep track of whether or not they left the heat on before they left the house for work or to do some errands.

LED light bulbs

Another useful thing to do regarding cutting your monthly energy bill is to switch all of your old incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. They may look a little unfamiliar, and they may be a bit more expensive than incandescent ones, but they use 20 percent of the energy of incandescent bulbs and they last more than 20 years. This means that you essentially never have to replace them, so it is worth to pay a little more for them. They’re made of plastic, so they don’t break easily, they have no toxic chemicals like mercury in them, and the best part is that they can save you a lot of money on your monthly energy bills.

Energy Star air conditioners

Air conditioners in general waste a lot of energy on cooling, especially during hot summers, so the energy bills can be very high during those months. One way of reducing the cost and the energy usage is to replace your AC unit with the one labeled Energy Star, especially if the one you have is already over ten years old. Old ACs tend to waste much more energy, and are the cause of a lot of greenhouse-gas emissions. Energy Star air conditioners and appliances, in general, are energy-efficient and will save you a lot of money on utilities.

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