No one likes to get a high power bill in the mail, so if you are looking for ways to reduce your energy bill, there are plenty of easy things you can do in order to do so. Here are 10:
Adjust your thermostat
If you adjust your thermostat in the winter and summer by just a couple of degrees, you will be using less energy to heat and cool your home. In the winter, turn the dial to 68 and in the summer, turn the dial to 72. This may save you up to about $100 per year!
Adjust the blinds and curtains
For sunny, hot days, close your blinds and curtains to keep the sun’s rays out of your home. On cold, sunny days, go ahead and leave them open to allow for some of the sun’s rays to come in. For the winter, you could also put plastic up over the windows to keep some of the cold out.
Have your HVAC checked each year
Every year have an HVAC professional come and check out your air conditioner and heater to be sure they are running efficiently. If you skip this, they could be costing you extra money if they are in need of some TLC.
Change air filters
Each month purchase a new air filter and replace them on the furnace and air conditioner depending on the season.
Install CFL bulbs
Replace all of your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). These bulbs last approximately 10 times longer, so the saving over time will serve you well.
Put electronics on “snooze” mode
If you have a computer or printer, be sure that when you are not using them they go into sleep or snooze mode, as this will assure that they are drawing less energy while not in use.
Turn lights off when not needed
Remember and enforce the golden rule to turn the light off when you exit a room. You may also be able to turn the light off while watching television in the evening and reconsider leaving a lamp on while sleeping. There are some energy efficient night lights that you can plug in to see if you have to get up in the middle of the night.
Turn your water temperature down a little
It is understandable that you like hot showers, but if you turn the temperature down on your hot water tank a little, you’ll still be able to have hot water and it may slightly reduce your energy bill.
Use energy efficient appliances
There are plenty of Energy Star appliances that you can use that require less energy consumption than the older appliances. Do some research and when your appliance is on the fritz, see who is having the best deals on energy efficient appliances.
Caulk your windows
You may have little cracks around your windows, so be sure to put a fresh coat of caulk around them to keep the cold wind out. Also, be sure to check that you have adequate weather stripping around your doors.
If you employ these tips, you will certainly be reducing your energy bill and be helping the environment at the same time!