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Save Energy, Gas, Money and More With Your Home Improvements

Tue 08 Dec 2009 - 10:09

Save Energy, Gas, Money and More With Your Home Improvements
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Jen_Conc]Jen Conc

High gas prices at the pumps and higher utility and other bills all adds up to one thing. It's time to think more and more about conservation and savings efforts, especially with your home improvements. Here are some tips to help you get more use and spend less:

* Your shower - Take a shower instead of a bath and upgrade your shower head to an energy saver model. You will use less water in a shower then you will by taking a bath. That means less hot water usage and in turn less energy to heat the water. Bath tubs take a huge amount of water to fill up, leaving you with much more energy needs. That is unless you happen to take very long showers and in that case, try to cut down on the length of your shower for sheer improvement in your energy bills quickly.

* Laundry - When washing clothing, consider washing in the coldest setting allowable for the fabric and look into replacing your current model washer and dryer with energy efficient units for long term savings and conservation. This also means no over drying clothing; set your timer to alert you as soon as the laundry is dry. Plus only wash clothing in full loads. Smaller loads just waste water and money in energy. You may also want to consider new detergents that claim to be able to wash your laundry with just as much benefit in cold water.

* Your cooking habits - The way that you cook also makes a difference. Use the outdoor or indoor grill to keep the heat from the oven out of the home. Your cook top should also be used more often then your oven as it uses less energy to work. Look at energy ratings on your cooking appliances and grills.

* To conserve automotive fuel, start by checking the air pressure in your tires. If your tires are not filled correctly, you will not get the most mileage for your vehicle. If they are under or over filled, you could be wasting money. If you are not sure, check your owner's manual for specifications. Check your tires at least once per week. Change your oil regularly, per your manufacturer's guidelines. Doing this regularly will allow you to get the highest function from the vehicle.

* Drive correctly. Do not step on the gas pedal hard. Ease into speed. Drive at the speed limit which has been created to help you to save gas. If you start quickly and drive fast, the vehicle needs to use more fuel and that wastes money in your pocket.

* Most experts agree that there is little fuel savings from more expensive qualities of fuel. Stick to the lower costing product unless your vehicle specifies a higher quality is a must.

You can easily add the above points into your every day usage and see benefits right away from doing so. Energy conservation does not have to be hard or challenging, but should be smart.

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