It is summer in Alaska and most of us use less electricity now than in the winter. But it is always a good time to investment in energy efficiency - it's a year-round awareness.
Making your home more energy efficient is still one of the safest investments you can make. Try employing these energy saving measures to collect major returns on your investments:
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Install a hot water heater “blanket”
- Change your shower heads
- Upgrade appliances like your clothes washer or your refrigerator
- Replace old windows with energy efficient ones
- Install water efficient toilets
Making all of these changes at once could be difficult – if not impossible – but investing in just one of these measures can yield a significant return on your investment.
For example, installing a new, energy efficient clothes washer can yield around a 24 percent return on investment. Do your research, and make sure you are purchasing the right size appliances. A small, energy efficient washer will save you money, but if you have a larger family, having to do multiple loads could negate your energy savings.
Investing in any of these energy efficient improvements will keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter and will make significant changes to your energy bills. So do yourself, and your wallet, a favor and invest in a more energy efficient home!