With a few small changes around your home, you could make a positive impact on your bank account. Here are 10 smart tips on how to save money on your energy bill.
1. USE DIFFERENT LIGHT BULBS.
There are so many options for lighting for homeowners to choose from. CFL bulbs are a great alternative to the regular incandescent light bulb. They last up to 10 times longer and use one fourth of the energy that a regular bulb would use. LED lights are getting more popular for household use, usually used for things like desk lamps, under cabinets or outdoor lighting. They use less energy than CFLs and last 25 times longer than regular bulbs.
2. GET A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT.
This will allow you to automatically set the temperature in your home for every season, and will be convenient for when you’re away from the house.
Having an automated thermostat won’t cause you to constantly worry about the temperature in your house and can make you more aware of how much energy you are using. Buying a programmable thermostat is quite inexpensive and they are very easy to install.
3. TURN OFF ALL LIGHTS NOT IN USE, AS WELL AS ELECTRONICS.
It may help to do a walk around your house at night to make sure you’ve unplugged appliances not in use, turned off or unplug all of the lamps, and the TV, and any other electronics that may still be on.
4. WASH YOUR CLOTHES IN COLD WATER.
This will help you save on the energy it takes to heat the water. Detergent specifically for cold water gets your clothes just as clean as using hot water. Washing only full loads of dishes and full loads of clothes is more efficient as well.
5. SEAL AIR LEAKS AND CRACKS.
All of the small cracks and crevices throughout your home can add up, and that can show up on your energy bill. Weather stripping around windows, sealing up around doors, and using foam sealant on large cracks is a good place to start to patch up air leaks. Installing foam gaskets behind outlets is an easy energy saver.
6. USE LOW FLOW FAUCETS & SHOWER HEADS IN YOUR HOME.
Switching to low flow can reduce your water use by at least 30%. Look for a WaterSense label when purchasing a showerhead or faucet; they certify water saving appliances much like Energy Star.
7. INSTALL INSULATION.
If you notice that your home is too warm in the summer or drafty in the winter, you may need to add insulation. If your home has an attic, adding insulation there is a quick and easy process. Adding insulation to your basement or crawlspace can be a more lengthy process, but will be worth it when it comes to saving money on your energy bill.
8. REPLACE YOUR TOILET.
Newer toilets that are WaterSense certified can use anywhere from 30%-60% less water than older models. You can save gallons of water every year by investing in a new toilet.
9. YOUR REFRIGERATOR IS IMPORTANT.
Don’t forget to regularly defrost, because build up will decrease energy efficiency. The fridge should be kept around 40 degrees, the freezer should be kept around 5 degrees and always be sure to keep the coils clean.
10. UPGRADE YOUR APPLIANCES.
Always try and look for Energy Star products to get the most energy efficiency in your home. Having old appliances may be adding dollars to your energy bill. If any of your appliances are old and worn out, it’s time to replace them with most efficient models.