The easiest thing a home homeowner can do as a
do it yourself project is change all their light bulbs to energy
efficient types – namely CFL or the up and coming LED variety. http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/lighting_daylighting/index.cfm/mytopic=11970 has all the information about the lighting technologies.
Water Saving and Energy Conservation
Low flow shower heads and faucet
aerators limit water use to a level suitable for their applications. The wrapping of long run hot water lines with pipe insulation is another energy saver – why? It takes
energy to pump water and to treat and heat water. Water conservation can save
on your water bill as well as your sewer bill.
During winter months, fans set on a low speed setting, and spinning in the right direction, will push warm air down from the ceiling towards the floor of your room. This is especially advantageous for home owners with vaulted ceilings where much of the heated air resides. (Don’t forget, hot air rises!) Of course during the summer, fans push air around the room, creating a cooling effect on the skin.
Energy Star dishwashers have made great strides in the last several years. Models with energy saver modes use less energy. Other options include letting dishes air dry – which is an excellent option in winter months- letting the moisture from the hot dishes better the humidity level in your home.
Home energy can simply go up the chimney and is a major drain on your home energy bills. When burning, a fire pulls warm air from your home and sends it up the chimney as smoke. This air is replaced with cold air coming from the various leak points in your home. Keep your fireplace completely closed to seal off ourside air.
A very comfortable, and energy efficient alternative to a fire place is a wood burning stove. A wood burning stove maintains the warm air in your home, and does an excellent job at radiating as much heat into your home as possible.