Top 10 Ways to Save Energy and Put More Green in Your Wallet

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As we approach Earth Day on April 22, it’s the perfect time to consider how we can reduce our energy consumption. The great news is that making eco-friendly changes may save you money! Here are the top 10 ways to be more energy efficient.

1. Inspect pipes, faucets, and other fixtures for leaks to decrease water usage. Fixing leaks also reduces the chances of water damage and having to make a claim on your home insurance.

2. Replace the filters in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems every three months to reduce energy consumption up to 15%.

3. Save trees by signing up to receive bills and policy documents electronically. Many insurance companies offer a paperless discount so contact your Westwood agent to see if you qualify.

4. Unplug electronics and appliances when they aren’t in use to save up to $100 a year. Standby power (when a device is off, but still plugged in) accounts for 5-10% of residential energy use.

5. Save an estimated 10% each year on heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat. The general temperature recommendation is 78°F in the summer and 68°F during winter.

6. Switch to energy-efficient appliances when it’s time to upgrade. Products with an Energy Star rating exceed the federal minimum standards for efficiency and quality.

7. Lower your water heater temperature a few degrees. Since water heaters account for 11% of home energy costs, this small adjustment can help you see a decrease in your bill.

8. Run dishwashers, washers and dryers at night to keep the house cooler, reduce strain on the power grid, and save money by avoiding peak hours when energy demands are highest and you’ll pay more.

9. Change to light emitting diode (LED) bulbs which use at least 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer.

10. Improve the insulation in your home by sealing gaps around windows and doors, and anywhere pipes and wiring go through walls and ceilings. This may save you an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs.

Tackling even a few of these suggestions can pay off. If you make any home improvements or eco-friendly updates, contact your Westwood Agent to ensure proper coverage, and to see if you qualify for any discounts on your home policy.

Please Note: This article is for general informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent any specific insurance policy and does not modify any provisions, limitations, or exclusions of any current policy.