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Help the Environment (and Your Wallet) With Energy-Saving Accessories

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Most homeowners want to cut down on costs and try to conserve energy in and around their home. The great news is that there are several ways to equip your home with the right accessories to make an impact on the environment and your bottom line. Check out these energy-saving accessories for your home:

     Low-Flow Shower Heads

Controlling the flow of the water in your shower can influence your energy bill. It is likely that your home is equipped with a builder brand shower head that isn’t energy efficient. Replace it with a low-flow shower head, which allows you to control the temperature of the water and reduce the flow of water to a trickle once the heat reaches 95 degrees. You can resume normal flow by pulling on a cord and save on your hot water costs. It is estimated that you can save up to $250 every year by installing a low-flow shower head, according to PRBC. However, the savings are dependent on your overall water usage and utility rates.

     Learning Thermostats

Are you constantly lowering or raising the temperature on your thermostat? Is the air conditioner or heater on for long periods of time while you aren’t home? These actions raise your electric bill. Invest in a learning thermostat to remove the guesswork out of controlling the temperature in your home. You can control the temperature via your smartphone, which means you can program it on vacation, during an evening out or from work. Some thermostats offer an estimate on how much energy you save if you plug in the square footage of your home, your usage and the type of heat you use. Within a few months time, you not only lower your electric bill, but also reduce the amount of wasted energy.

     Shades

Window treatments can go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint and saving on energy costs. Solar shades promote an eco-friendly designchoice and enable you to double your energy savings to lower the heat from outside. With this type of shade, you can still let in the natural light without it heating up your home or casting a glare. Energy.gov reports that by using shades, you can reduce your bill by at least 25 percent.

     Ceiling Fans

You may focus on the decorative aspects of your ceiling fan, but it can also help you save on your energy bill. By continuously circulating air, it helps your room seem warmer or cooler with the air flow. Mother Earth News reports that you can save up to 14 percent on your energy bill by keeping the fan circulating and raising your thermostat by just two degrees.

     Compact Fluorescent Lights

By replacing incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lights, homeowners use 25 to 80 percent less electricity, according to Energy.gov. In addition, save energy by keeping lights off in rooms that aren’t occupied or that can be lit by natural sunlight.

Reducing your consumption of electricity not only helps you save money on your electric bill, but it also lessens your carbon footprint and is good for the environment.

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