5 Energy Wasters Lurking in Your Home

In a world of rising energy costs, it’s the little things that matter a lot. You might not be able to install solar panels, or have have access to renewable energy sources, but bit by bit you can cut down on your energy consumption, reducing your carbon footprint and in the end saving yourself a whole lot of money. The first step is identifying your home’s energy hogs. Sites like Save Greenly and Con Edison offer lists of the most commonly found energy wasters in the average home, and offer tips on how to rectify them.

To get you started, we’ve found five smaller and maybe less obvious ways that you might be using more energy than you need to. Some of these tips will cost you little to no money (though they might require unlearning certain habits and replacing them with new ones). Others might require a bit of an investment, but with available tax credits and the long-term savings, they’ll be worth it. Click a picture below to learn more.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.