5 Ways to Cut Energy Costs
Bills continuously put a dent in your bank account and never seem to go away. Being a homeowner can be both a blessing and a curse due to these pesky little payments. With the change in seasons come drastic changes in weather, which could result in your electricity prices spiking. Thankfully, by simply making a few adjustments to your home and lifestyle, there are ways you can cut down on expenses and save on your energy bill. Check out these helpful tips on how you can save on your energy bills.
Lower the Heat – You can save up to 3% on your energy bill for each degree you lower your thermostat. If done properly, this trick can save you up to $150 a year. Also, heating water makes up for about 15-25% of energy consumed in your home. Having scolding hot water during the summer months is unnecessary, so lower the temperature down to the warm setting at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save energy.
Power Off – Leaving your computer and other electronic appliances on all day can cost you about 21 cents per day, which adds up to $75 a year. Make sure that you turn off all computers, TVs and appliances before you leave the house.
Cooking & Cleaning Methods – When cooking at home, try using your toaster, microwave or stovetop instead of your oven. You’ll consume less energy and avoid the extra heat that raises your room temperature. Also, if you air-dry your dishes instead of putting them through the drying cycle you can save 20% in electricity output.
Light Switch – Save up to 75% on your lighting bills by replacing your incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. Not only are they more efficient, but they last longer too! Lastly, don’t forget to turn off the lights when you leave the house!
Air Flow – Make sure you clean or replace your dirty air vents to increase the airflow throughout your home. If your vents are clogged then it will drive up your energy usage and costs due to the fact that it has to work harder to push the heat through. This can help reduce energy costs by 5%!
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