Paying your energy bill probably doesn’t rank very high on your list of fun things to do. Or likely, not on the list at all. But with a few fixes, we can help you make it less painful every month. Keep reading to learn ways to save energy and money.
Vampires Aren’t Just for Halloween
Look around the house. How many glowing eyes, oops, lights do you see? It may not seem like much – but those little bits of energy add up, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some easy fixes include: using a power strip for your entertainment center and home office. Cable boxes have long been high energy consumers, though that’s changing slowly. You may want to skip your satellite TV box, though – reacquiring the satellite when you turn it on can be time-consuming. If you’re really curious how much juice something uses, you can get an energy monitor that plugs into your socket, too.
Maintenance is Important
Your central heat/AC is a major investment, so you want to treat it that way. Maintaining it will save you money and will help it run smoothly year-round. Make sure you’re changing filters regularly, along with having it checked by a professional once a year. Good times for checkups are spring and fall, before each of the major seasons, when a breakdown could spell discomfort or disaster. Planning ahead can save on those expensive emergency repair calls, too.
Fans are Cool, Too
Did you know that fans use up to 90% less energy than your air conditioner? They’re a great option, but only when you’re in the room. Fans work through evaporative cooling – they’re cooling YOU, not the air. There’s not much benefit to leaving them running in rooms you’re not in, so switch them off when you leave.
Light The Way
First, it was the CFL. That funky, curly looking lightbulb. It wasn’t the greatest looking, and the color of the light was a little…stark. At that point, LEDs were either super-expensive commercial things or tiny little bits of light that told us the monitor was off. CFLs have gotten much better, allowing you to find most any shape and brightness you need. LEDs have also gotten cheaper, and are much longer-lasting than CFLs. If you’ve still got old-fashioned incandescents, it’s time to change them out. Make sure that you’re turning off lights when you leave the room, too. Saving energy is as much about you as it is about your home.
Ouch, That’s Hot!
Your hot water heater is likely a set-it-and-forget-it appliance. But, reducing the temp by 10 degrees can save up to 5% in energy costs. 120 degrees is plenty for most household uses and is recommended for our younger and older family members, too.
Check with Your Local Utility
Many utilities have energy-saving tips and programs, too. If you’re in the market for a new major appliance, they may have a rebate. Some offer bill credits in exchange for reduced energy use during peak demand times. Check with your provider for ways you can save.
Energy Saving Tips: The Verdict
Pairing good energy habits with energy-saving appliances is a great recipe to save energy and money. You don’t have to turn into the Energy Police to save some money each month, either. A few changes and you’re on your way!