Energy costs can take some huge bites out of your checkbook, and even if you shut off every light after use and unplug all devices that are not being utilized, you might still be surprised when your power bill arrives in your mailbox.
Fortunately, there are some additional things you can do that will make your home more energy-efficient. These things can also help improve the safety and security of your home too.
Out With the Old, In With the New
If you purchased an older home, chances are it came with older appliances. This probably helped you to save some money when you first made your home purchase, but the old appliances might actually be costing you significantly when it comes to energy costs.
Additionally, these older appliances can be dangerous, with the potential to cause fires or serious electrical problems. If you want to save every penny you can, you should consider purchasing some new appliances for your home.
More recently made units are far better at using the minimum amount of electricity and they are also designed to be as safe as possible, so you never have to worry about a malfunction causing disaster.
The Wireless Security Wave of the Future
Home security monitoring systems used to be prohibitively expensive and extremely difficult to install.
These days, however, Lifeshield systems are available which run wirelessly. This means that they are much less expensive than you might expect. It also means that they are incredibly easy to install since very few tools are required.
With a wireless system, you can always know that your home and property are safe, plus you can save energy by programming the system optimally. In addition, these new systems use less energy than the wired security systems of the recent past.
Plant a Tree
If you struggle to keep your home cool, it is likely that the sun is a major culprit in allowing excess heat to enter your house.
When you have the proper amount of vegetation surrounding your home, though, it can shield the property and actually lower the internal temperature by a few precious degrees.
Trees and other sturdy plants can also protect your home from the ravages of wind.
What you may not realize is that your landscaping, if it is installed with foresight, can also make your home more secure by deterring criminals. When burglars and other thieves are unable to see into your house, they will likely stay away, not knowing if it is worth breaking into.
About this guest author: Jennifer Kurtz is a stay-at-home mom who writes about Technology and Lifestyle on her blog. She worked in marketing before her son was born, and keeps up with the tech field through her blog. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her 2-year-old son, and a cat named Einstein.