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Green Construction Tips and How to Save on Your Energy Bills
There are several ways that you can start the going green proceess on your home. Some minor tips can help and would be affordable on your pocket book.
As you know there are ways to save on your energy costs. If you are looking to install solar panels or perform some type of geo-thermal service there are other cost effective and low expense ways to save money on your monthly energy bills. Below is a sample list of how you can go green at a fraction of the cost. According to a recent article published by GreenJobz.org suggests some pointers which can help get you started for a fraction of the price.
1. Installing CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs)
The cost is somewhat higher than your typical light builds but the lifetime you get from these little guys can go a long way. Some of these bulbs can last as much as 3-5 years before having them replaced. Moreover they will drastically reduce your energy cost.
2. Perform an Energy Analysis on Your Home
Like it or not, your house is oozing energy. Tiny cracks in your windows, doors, garages and roofs will only increase the usability of your heating unit. Instead of putting your thermometer up to 72 degrees during the winter, try reducing it to 69 degrees. You can hire a pro analyst that will help you perform an audit on your home that will find seepages that you wouldn’t even thought existed.
3. Cut Back on Your Grocery Shopping
There is a direct correlation with higher energy cost and higher foods costs. There are ways to save money that you may not think existed. Things such as clipping coupons (yes you can use them to save money), buying in bulk, shopping at a dollar store and simply not eating as much. Portion size can also help lower your weight and cholesterol and even make you feel better.
4. Lower Your Hot Water Heater Temperature
By lowering your temperature from 145 to 120 can drastically reduce your energy costs by a whopping 10 percent. Do the math; a $200 energy bill would save you $20 per month or $240 for the year. Hey what do you know, that pays your energy bill for a month.
Using common sense around your home to help you save on energy costs can save you thousands of dollars for the period you live in your home. To locate a qualified green energy contractor and to learn more green energy tips visit http://www.greenjobz.org.
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GreenJobz.org provides consumers with an online green contractors directory sorted by state and zip code.