Are You Feeling Winter Bite You Right In Your Energy Bill?
Are you among the millions of Americans whose energy bill is through the roof? You’re not alone, especially during these winter months. Did you know about 48 percent of your utility bill goes towards heating and cooling your home throughout the year? But, there are numerous, simple ways to save money on your energy bill and combat rising costs.
No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. For instance, if you are away from your home, even for a short period of time, turn the thermostat down. This is a common practice many people forget to do that can save money. If you have a digital thermostat, such as a Nest Learning Thermostat, you can even monitor and change your home’s climate from your phone or tablet. Also, try keeping the shades open during the day to let sunlight warm your home naturally. Just remember to close them in the evening to reduce any chill you may feel from cold windows.
There are many alternative routes that one can take to saving on their winter heating bill. You can start by cleaning and replacing the filters on your furnace once at the start or end of every season. In addition, you should make sure your baseboard heaters & radiators are not covered by furniture. When your vents are obstructed heat is not evenly distributed throughout your home. Another common task that goes neglected is bleeding your hot water radiators. This eliminates trapped air from your home heating system, making it more efficient and less wasteful.
Other more advanced efficiency options may require professional assistance. If your home is older, you should have a professional come out and conduct a home energy inspection. Through Evolutionary Home Energy Solutions, you can schedule a 23-point inspection, where we evaluate your home from the basement to the attic. We can help you isolate serious trouble spots, such as poorly insulated pipes, water heaters or, in some instances, considerably bigger issues such as inefficient insulation. The goal is to reduce your home’s CFM level to the right level for your specific home. If it’s too insulated without proper ventilation, health and safety issues can be at stake. So, having a professional team like Evolutionary Home Energy Solutions look into this for you can be very beneficial.
Last but not least, you can buy energy efficient appliances for your home. When shopping, look for products with the Energy Star label. These have been known to consume 20-40% less energy than other models. Many common appliances can be energy efficient, from refrigerators, to dishwasher and dryers. Be sure to keep an eye on your small appliances and entertainment systems, which can consume a surprising amount of electricity. For example older CRT televisions are considerably less energy efficient than newer LED Televisions.
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