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How To Lower Utility Bills

How to Make Any Home More Energy-efficient

Kermit the Frog misspoke when he said, “It’s not easy being green.” Homeowners don’t have to build a “green,” or environmentally friendly home, from the ground up to enjoy lower utility bills – there are many simple ways to make your home more efficient today.

Here are a few simple ways to make your home more earth-friendly:

Cleaner air. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, 22 million Americans suffer from allergies commonly caused by dust. Using free-standing air purifiers and dusting regularly are simple solutions to keep the sneezing in check.

More efficient appliances. According to the EPA, American households spend an average of $600 to $800 per year on utility bills. When consumers are shopping for newer, more energy-efficient models, it pays to read the labels. The first label, “Energy Guide,” is a big yellow sticker. It provides information on the amount of energy and electricity costs associated with using the appliance in a year. The second label, “EnergyStar,” certifies that the EPA deemed the appliance among the most efficient of all the energy efficient models. These labels can help consumers cut their utility bills by up to 50 percent.

Decreasing water usage. There are several ways to reduce water consumption without having to install a new plumbing system to conserve water. Common fixtures such as low-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads limit excessive use. Also, many of today’s new dishwashers and washing machines require less water to perform the same task.