A home warranty plan is one of the best investments you can make for your family’s home. The coverage that you receive will alleviate many of the financial stresses that accompany broken appliances. You can save even more money by taking a few steps to reduce energy waste in your home.
1. Inadequate Insulation: Poorly sealed windows, drafty doors, and small cracks can all reduce the overall energy efficiency of your house. Without adequate insulation for your entire home, heated and cooled air can quickly escape. This increases the amount of energy it takes to keep your home comfortable. You can improve your home’s insulation and reduce your heating and cooling costs by covering any cracks around your doors, windows, and pipes.
2. Inefficient Water Heater: Your home’s water heater is a major energy consumer. If your water heater is inefficient or oversized, you can save on your electric bill by investing in a newer and more efficient model. Consider different types of fuel and sizes when selecting a water heater.
3. Lighting Choices: You can save a lot of energy in your home by paying attention to the way you use lights. Leaving lights on in unoccupied rooms can add up over time. Instead of using standard incandescent light bulbs, opt for energy-efficient alternatives, such as compact fluorescent bulbs, LEDs, or halogens, and ensure that they are only turned on when necessary.
4. Energy Vampires: Your home may be full of “vampire appliances,” or devices that remain plugged in and continue to consume energy when not in use. These appliances often have a standby mode which still requires energy. Common energy vampires include televisions, video game consoles, and cell phone adapters. Phantom energy loss from these devices can easily account for 5% of a home’s electricity usage. Your best option is to unplug these devices whenever they’re not in use.
Saving energy helps you save money, and having a home warranty can also help you keep household expenses down. Protect yourself from the high costs of unexpected appliance repairs with Colonial Home Warranty. Call us today at (888) 481-3941 to see what plans will best serve you.