Everyone is always looking for ways to save money. Your electric bill is probably one of your biggest expenses and there are tons of methods you can employ to lower your energy bills. Today we are outlining some that will ring true for most homeowners.
Tips for Lowering Energy Bills
The small fixes we list on here are not anything that’s going to cost you an arm and a leg. Though a more efficient heat pump or furnace system may save you in the long run, right now we’re focusing on “right now”. Follow a few of these tips and you may find yourself with lower bills the next time you get the mail.
- Everyday Checklist. Millions of American homes use loads of energy when they don’t need it. Don’t be this family! Go through each night and when you leave the house to make sure all appliances are either turned off or unplugged and that the thermostat is set a few degrees warmer or cooler than when you’re normally home. This step can save you tons in electrical costs.
- Shut Doors Quickly. Heating and cooling makes up the majority of your energy usage. Don’t let that precious air out any longer than you have to. Open door-leave-close door. Open door-come in-close door. Necessary warmth can escape very quickly with an open standard sized door. Your system has to work a surprising amount harder to heat or cool the outside air, too. Keep those doors closed tightly.
- Kill The Leeches. Appliance leeching is when your appliance is turned off, but still manages to draw a small measurement of energy. Though they are not on, most appliances do leech on a regular basis. That desktop computer? Huge source of wasted energy. Flat panel TV? Draws quite a bit of power when just plugged in. Unplug when you’re going to be out for the day or a week. Studies have shown that leeching may comprise up to 12% of your power bill. Over a 12 month period that really adds up.
- Make the Change to LEDs. The short trip to the hardware store will be well worth the money you save purchasing light bulbs in the future and the money you’ll save with your energy costs. Switching from incandescent to LEDs can have a great impact on your wallet. They shine just as bright, and last longer-some even last up to 50 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. LEDs look similar but act differently and will soon be your go to bulb.
- Let Pros Inspect, Maintain and Replace Your Equipment. Properly trained technicians-whether it’s electrical, HVAC, plumbing or mechanical-can really save you money in the long run. These experts at trained to see the things you don’t, and fix the things you cannot. Put your faith in them and they’ll take care of you.
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