Emeril, Guy Fiottie, and plenty of other head chefs have nice houses. The other day I was wondering what did they do to not only make it a luxury but also their houses are green and Energy saving. Their home appliancesran on a lower percentage cost then a normal house hold. That got me looking on how to reduce home energycosts. I stumble upon a site that looked promising. It was called Microsoft-hohm.com. They teach simple but effective ways of reducing energy costs. They have 5 categories to save.
The first category is appliances. Cleaning dryer lint will not only improve efficiency but take away the possibility of a house fire. If you can, stringing clothes on a line outside will improve costs. Setting your computer to go into a sleep mode when not in use will help costs. Putting your copier to a low power mode, when not in use. Use auto-dry or moisture sensor when drying clothes with your dryer.
Walls window and doors is the second. Insulation in your attic increases r-values. Checking your chalking or weather stripping, for any needs of repair, will help save. Increasing insulation to a R-19, R-30 or R38 will save.
House exterior will save also. When re-roofing use rigid sheathing insulation. When replacing siding add external sheathing beneath the siding. Energy-star roofing material with solar reflection will save in cooling costs. Insulating the perimeter slab, of your house saves energy costs.
The fourth is heating and cooling. Adjusting the temperature of your home, by 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, before you go to sleep or whenever you leave your home. Replacing your central air conditioner, with an Energy Star-labeled conditioner with a SEER equal to 14, 15, 16, or 17, will save money.
The 5th but still important is lighting. Instead of incandescence bulbs use a more efficient bulb. When leavening the house or a room make sure to cut out the lights to save energy.
Those 5 sets of things reduced my energy cost and those of the head chefs by a big percentage. They can save you money also.
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