Save Substantial Energy with Small Household Changes [Energy Conservation]

11 Apr/09

It doesn’t take a home renovation to realize substantial savings on your energy bill. Small, inexpensive changes around the house can yield a surprising return on investment, as one system analyst found. We’ve talked about ways to save energy in your home , save money with an energy star home , and how to reduce the amount of energy your computer and electronics suck down . Gordon Hudson wanted to make his home more energy efficient and save money in the process. The efforts of he and his wife, documented at the computer enthusiast blog Extreme Tech, are an excellent case study in how incremental change can have a big effect. Gordon’s day job is designing and building analytical systems; approaching his home as a system to be studied and improved upon, therefore, wasn’t a huge leap. The first things Gordon and his wife did in a quest to lower their energy use were the obvious things most people would attack first: consciously turning the lights off, turning down the thermostat in the winter, taking colder showers. After a year of sweater wearing and cold showers they had only reduced their energy consumption by a mere 6%, which is a great rate of return for a savings account, but a terrible one when the price is a year of shivering post-shower moments. Gordon realized the little changes like shaving a few degrees off the thermostat and cold showers just weren’t going to cut it. He and his wife started on slow process of increasing the efficiency of the house bit by bit. Replacing every window in the house with triple-insulated panes was out of the question, but other projects were not particularly expensive and all things the average home owner could do over the course of several weekends

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