Even though summer is winding down it doesn’t mean the high temps will be going away. We can easily have high temperatures into September and sometimes even October. But then again, cold temperatures can strict us early, as well.
By taking the time to put in place the following tips you could see a huge savings on your home utility bill be it electric, gas or water.
Top 10 Energy Tips:
Have your local AC company install a programmable thermostat – saving you up to 10% on cooling and heating costs by reducing your thermostat 7° to 10° for 8 hours a day.
Turn off all lights, small appliances and electronics that are not being used. If you are taking a vacation in the coming weeks, turn off and unplug these appliances while you are away. TIP: Install a power strip for multiple items in an area for easier turning off and on.
Is it time to upgrade or replace an older lamp or small appliance? Look for the Energy Star label (the government’s symbol for energy efficiency). These products have the potential to save up to 30% on your utility bill.
Reduce your water heater temperature to 130°. This will save energy as well as money on heating water. TIP: Wrap your water tank in “blanket” (water heater tank wrap) to retain the heat and save energy. Most local hardware stores should have these in stock.
Clean or change air filter(s) often. When a filter hasn’t been changed in quite some time the filter(s) can slow down the airflow needed to run your system which then causes the unit to work harder. TIP: Change air filters every 30 days depending on the quality of filter you are using, and write the date on the filter so you know when you last replaced it.
Change out older light bulbs for the new CFLs, LEDs or energy-efficient halogen incandescent. These newer bulbs can reduce your energy up to 80%.
On the exterior sides of your home where you get a lot of sun, close those blinds! This will keep the hot sun out, while in the winter keep open to let in the warm rays.
Save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills by sealing leaks and properly insulate around windows and doors.
Can you believe the average US household has the potential to spend about $2,100* on their home energy bill a year! If you are ready to save, take some time to put either a few or all these tips into place today.
*Source: Data from the US Department of Energy