Lifestyle Homes

Live an Energy Efficient Lifestyle

When you move into a custom-built home, it is natural to want to save money each month on energy. However, with the multiple electronic devices we use on a daily basis, it can become difficult to find sources of energy to cut back on or save money on. However, even though many of the Lifestyle Homes in Middle Tennessee are made with energy efficient materials and technology, there are more ways you can conserve energy each month.

Switch Up Your Lighting

SAM_1265 If you or your family members spend a lot of time at home, keeping the lights on can waste quite a lot of energy and money each month. As a simple rule of thumb, if no one is in the room – turn the light off! In addition to turning off the lights, you can install CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs in appliances and lighting fixtures around your home. CFL light bulbs have a longer and more affordable life span than other lightbulb types on the market. In the long run, you’ll save more money by purchasing less lightbulbs over the years. Your energy efficient lighting doesn’t have to be secluded to the indoors. When you want to enjoy the outdoors all night long, naturally we install lights to brighten up the night. However, when installing outdoor lights, consider using lights that are motion-activated. The lights will then only turn on when you need them to be, and will not waste energy all night long.

Check Your Appliances

In order to save money each month on your energy bill, be sure that your refrigerator is set between 30 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is the optimal temperature for not only keeping your food nice and fresh, but also the perfect temperature range for saving energy. In addition, if your refrigerator was made within the 1990s, it is time to replace it. The older technology does not work as well with the newer energy systems and such, and therefore causes homeowners to actually spend more money in the long run. It is your best interest to replace your old refrigerator with an up-to-date model that may even have built in energy efficient features.

How About Your Electronics?

Do you own a desktop or laptop computer? A laptop computer actually uses less electricity than a desktop computer. Regardless of which type of computer you own, it is always best to turn the device off when it is not in use. A computer or tablet simply idling still uses electricity. An easy way to tell this is if the electronic your purchasing is ENERGY STAR certified. In most cases these electronics are more energy efficient even if they are larger what you are replacing.

Upgrade Outdated Electronics

Similar to having an old refrigerator, old electronics have inefficient power systems. If you were thinking about getting that bigger TV or larger computer monitor, it might just be more efficient than what you currently have. What other tactics do you implement to live a energy efficient lifestyle in your Lifestyle Home or community around Middle Tennessee? Leave a comment letting us know how you save energy in your home.