As the temperature drops and we get closer to snowy days, heating becomes an essential part of keeping any home comfortable. Heating contributes to high energy bills if not done efficiently, but during fall and winter, there seems to be no way around it.
Here are a few simple ways to save money on your energy bill. Saving on your energy bill isn’t necessarily about reducing how much gas, electric and water costs but rather reducing how much you’re using to increase your efficiency without sacrificing comfort.
1) Cleaning out Vents – The heater has kicked in and cranked up to warm up the house. Are the vents cleaned out? If not, it should be done. Vents can get built up with dust, dirt and debris which means less heat passes through, so even when the heat is on, you’re not feeling it as much and your system is working harder to warm up your home. When you’re not feeling the effects of the heating, the next best thing is to turn it up higher, using more energy as a result. That doesn’t and shouldn’t be the case.
2) Unplugging Unused Appliances – Ever hear of vampire plugs? Yeah they’re real, and they really do suck if you let them. Vampire plugs are basically plugs left plugged in when not in use. Even though the electronics or appliances may not be in use, they’re still drawing energy if they’re plugged in. Make it a habit to unplug used appliances like blenders, juicers, fans, etc. When you’re done charging laptops and phones, unplug!
3) Heater Temperature – We know, its cold outside and a hot shower sounds pretty great, but if you’re water heater temperature is turned up too high, that can contribute to high energy usage. Water heating alone can make up about 12% of your energy bill and that percentage can increase especially during the winter season. To reduce how much energy your water heater uses, you can turn the temperature down to about 120 degrees. Every 10 degrees you reduce your heater temperature can save you about 3-5% on your energy usage. Don’t run the faucet too long, and try to take moderate showers to save on water on hot water. Insulating your hot water heater can also save you about 4-9% in water heating costs.
4) Lighting – Fall is here which means the holiday season is right around the corner. With the holiday season comes holiday lighting which can drive up the electric bill, especially if you’re using a lot of lights to make your home look merry and ready for the season. We’re not asking you to put the lights away this holiday, but you can switch to LED bulbs for your holiday lights. LEDs are just as bright if not brighter than regular bulbs but actually use up to 80% less energy than traditional bulbs. You get to save on your energy bill without missing out on the joy of holiday lighting. To spread your energy savings past the holiday season, change the most used lighting fixtures in your home with LEDs for continuous savings.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort in your home in order to save on your energy bill, easy DIY tips can help you effectively make your home energy efficient. If these tips worked for you let us know!
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