Saving Money on Energy Costs in Your Santa Cruz Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 1:01am.

Whether you are energy conscious or just trying to save money, there are many steps you can take to lower your Santa Cruz home bills while helping the environment at the same time. Below are several energy-saving measures to help you save money either in your current house or future residence.

Heating and cooling
Keeping your Santa Cruz home at a comfortable temperature uses more energy than anything else. To save energy, install a programmable thermostat to adjust the inside temperature when you are not there for long periods of time. Seal windows and doors to prevent air leaks, and close doors and air vents to rooms that are not often used. Changing filters in your heating system monthly can also help it run more efficiently.

Water heaters
Heating water is usually the second highest energy expense. To cut costs, set the hot water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Wrap older hot water heaters with an insulation jacket and insulate the piping leaving the water heater to prevent heat loss.

Appliances
Invest in appliances with the ENERGY STAR® rating. These appliances use less energy to run and will save money. Cleaning the coils on the back of your refrigerator will help it run more efficiently. Washing full loads of clothes on cooler settings and keeping your dryer vent clean will also save on energy costs.

Lighting
Besides turning lights out when leaving a room, use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). These bulbs use less energy and can last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Insulation
Improperly insulated houses mean high energy costs. If the attic is easily accessible, check and replace insufficient insulation to keep your living space at a more comfortable temperature.

Taking a few simple steps can save you a lot of money on energy costs every year.

If you want more information on energy efficiency in your current or future Santa Cruz home, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com.

For additional real estate information, please visit my home page at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.

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