Talk show host Rachael Ray recently welcomed home improvement expert Peter Walsh to share five simple ways to save $1,000 at home.
Walsh showed 5 easy tricks - which we recap below - to save money and stop wasting energy in your home. The episode is captured in a 2:24 minute video which we also share below.
1. Put the proper spin on your ceiling fan to save energy.
You may not know that your ceiling fan can accomplish different goals for energy efficient heating and cooling.
- In the summer, make sure your ceiling fan is spinning forward (counter-clockwise) to push cool air down into your living space and make you feel cooler.
- During winter, change the direction to reverse (clockwise) so that the blades slowly draw warm air off the ceiling and spread it evenly around a room, making the room feel warmer.
For more about celing fan direction, see Ceiling Fan Direction - Which way should a ceiling fan spin during summer or winter?
For guidance on how to change ceiling fan direction, see How to Reverse a Ceiling Fan.
2. Change your clogged air filter and stop wasting energy!
One of the most important components in your heating/cooling system is its air filter, which filters air flowing through the system. At a certain point, however, the HVAC filter becomes clogged, forcing your system to use more energy which can add up to 40 percent of your energy bill!
According to Walsh, that's as much as $80/month based on a $200/mo. energy bill because of all the dirt and grime on the filter. (See video below starting at :47 seconds)
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3. Cool down your washing machine and be energy efficient!
According to Walsh, around 90 percent of the energy used in washing clothes goes to hot water used over long cycles.
To reduce costs, set your washing machine to use cold water over short cycles. Today’s laundry detergents are made with energy efficiency in mind and will clean your clothes just as well in cooler water.
4. Lower your water heater's temperature to relish warm savings.
Many homes have their water heater set to 140 degrees, notes Walsh. This is unnecessarily hot, and you likely never reach this temperature when cleaning or showering for fear of burns. Furthermore, your hot water heater can make up to 15 percent of your energy bill.
So why have it set that high? Lower your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees and relish the warm savings.
5. Don’t waste heat in your sink. Use cold water instead.
Whenever you use a small amount of water in your sink, use cold water instead of hot. If you turn the hot water faucet on, you are wasting heat that will never actually get to your sink because of the short duration. In those instances, you are basically paying for nothing.
Have you tried any of Peter Walsh's home energy saving tips?
To learn more about how to stop wasting energy in your home, download our energy savings checklist. Then, let us know in the comments how much you saved.