6 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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    I get asked all the time how to lower energy bills, so today I’m creating this post as a reference to anyone looking for easy ways to make their home more energy-efficient! In my opinion, these are the easiest things you can do. How do you reduce your energy bill?

     

    Lexington Homes for Sale, Lexington Realtor1. Love long showers? Install low-flow showerheads.

    A low-flow showerhead uses 1/2 the water as a conventional showerhead and you may not even notice a difference.

    2. Take note of drafty windows.

    Those tiny drafts have a huge impact on your energy bill. Sealing gaps anywhere in your home is inexpensive and will definitely increase your home’s efficiency.

    3. Rid your home of energy vampires.

    Chargers that are left plugged in but aren’t connected to anything still use energy and are called “energy vampires.” They can be responsible for up to 10% of your energy bill, so making it a habit of unplugging them is a great idea.

    4. Don’t wash laundry with hot water.

    Up to 90% of the energy used by your washing machine is for heating the water. Washing on cold when you can is definitely a smart choice.

    5. Don’t peek at those cookies.

    Every time you open your oven, the temperature can drop by 25 degrees.

    6. Last but not least, lower your thermostat.

    Leaving home for the day or weekend? Make it a habit to lower your thermostat. Energy.gov states that lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees just while you’re at work will save 5% to 15% every year. Using your ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

    I know, it doesn’t sound fun. But once you get into the habit of doing a few things on this list, you’ll definitely notice the difference. Good luck!
    -Shelley

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    Shelley Paterson

    My name is Shelley Paterson. I am a Kentucky girl, born and raised. I answer to many names and fulfill many roles, the most important being Mom for my two kids and Wife to my husband of 20 years. In addition to being a full-time, top-producing Realtor in Lexington and surrounding area since 2009, I have spent over 20 years in the business world, using my background of sales and people skills in marketing, business development and customer service. These experiences have provided me with a very diverse knowledge base that I am ready to put to work for you! My drive, determination, and heart give my clients an advantage that many others do not have. I take deep pride in my work and accomplishments. My philosophy holds to the idea that if someone were to say something about me, my family and friends would be proud to hear it. I am a firm believer in treating others the way I want to be treated, making my work honest and diligent. My ultimate goal is turning your dream into a home or selling that special home to build a new dream! Lets talk!

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