5 Ways to Reduce Your Home Energy Bill
Green energy options for consumers are on the rise, but now that most of the incentives for installing solar panels and residential wind turbines are on the way out, the average homeowner may be less inclined to make the switch. There are also a lot of people who simply can’t afford pricy upgrades that will eventually get them off the grid.
In the meantime, with energy service costs on the rise, everyone wants to find ways to cut back and lower utility bills. Here are a few steps you can take that will cost significantly less than installing solar panels.
1. Perform a Home Energy Audit
Hiring a professional that is trained to tell you exactly where energy waste is occurring in your home is a smart way to start the process of reducing utility costs. You’ll receive a report that gives you all the information you need to begin making your home more energy efficient.
2. Seal Leaks
Your home energy audit will tell you exactly where your heat and AC are seeping out of your home. From there it’s just a matter of installing affordable weather stripping around windows and doors and using caulking or other sealants around pipes, vents, and seams where leaks occur.
3. Program Your Thermostat
Upgrading to a digital thermostat from an analog model is bound to save you some dough simply because digital models are far more accurate. However, taking the time to program your digital thermostat will save you a lot more.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (Energy.gov), your thermostat should be set no higher than 68 degrees during the winter and no lower than 78 degrees during the summer months. This alone can help you to save money.
However, you should also program your thermostat to roll back 10-15 degrees during the time when your family is away at work and school. This could reduce your utility bills by anywhere from 5-15%, depending on how many hours each day the temperature is adjusted during your absence. You can also reduce usage while sleeping.
4. Maintain Equipment
When your furnace, AC unit, water heater, and other equipment are in good working order you’ll get peak performance levels and optimum efficiency, keeping your energy bills low.
5. Upgrade to Energy Efficient Products
If you’re planning to buy new equipment or appliances for your home, why not check out the many energy efficient products on the market? You may spend a little more up front, but the energy savings you realize over time will help to recoup the additional cost and more.