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Light bulbsToday we’re continuing our talk on small changes you can make in your home to raise its eco-efficient value and save on energy costs. For more, check out our last post.

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Traditional incandescent light bulbs may be the cheapest option when you pick them up at the store, but modern energy-efficient bulbs pay off in the long-term. For one thing, they last at least three times as long as a traditional light bulb.

So triple the cost of that cheap store brand one that you’re tempted to buy. And by the way, that’s at least three times as long-lasting. It could last up to 25 times longer! For another thing, they use 25-80% less energy. So you can safely predict that you’ll be cutting your lighting costs in half. Last of all, you’ll spare yourself (and/or your tenants) the bother of replacing the bulbs, which is especially worth it for those hard-to-reach lighting fixtures.

Water Heater Blanket

This is a secret that not many homeowners know about. Water heater blankets are a way to insulate your hot water system, and it can reduce your costs for heating up to 30$/per year. The best part? They’re under 30$ to buy, and they couldn’t be more simple to install, so they pay for themselves almost instantly. They’re available at your local hardware store, so go get one!

You can also save on heating costs by insulating hot water pipes correctly, which will reduce the heat loss between each use. Not only does this save on heating costs, it can also significantly reduce the time spent waiting for the shower to heat up, which means that you save on water cost as well!

Irrigation System

Even if you’re renting your property out, many landlords still manage the lawn care in order to ensure that it’s always well-taken-care-of. You may have heard before that it’s best to water your lawn in the night time, or early in the morning, but you’d probably be surprised to learn what a drastic difference it can make in your watering bills. As much as 50% of outdoor residential water is wasted because of inefficient methods. If you water during the heat of the day, half of the water you use could evaporate into the air before it benefits your grass at all. Water early in the morning for the best effect (between 4 and 8 am) and customize your watering needs to the temperature, the type of grass, and the rainfall that you get.

Low-Flow Toilets and Shower Heads

Low-flow shower heads will cut your water use during showers in half. Toilets actually account for 30% of water use in your home! Old toilets can use up to 6 gallons of water for flush. More modern toilets use under 2 gallons per flush, but special low-flow options will cut even that from 20-30%. They might cost more at first, but low-flow options pay for themselves quickly.