12 Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners
When it comes to your electrical bill, it can often be quite shocking when you see the cost that you have to pay. Fortunately for all you homeowners, high energy bills can be a thing of the past. There are many ways to lower the amount that you need to pay for your electricity including using green power gadgets, having maintenance or just not using a device as much.
It’s every homeowner’s dream to save money on their bills, so if there’s a way to pay less on your energy bill, why wouldn’t you do it? Not only are you saving some cash, by using less energy, you’re also doing your part for the environment.
Here are 13 ways that you can lower the cost of your electricity bill:
● Maintenance – Have annual maintenance checks carried out on your water heater, fridge, and AC. A tune-up will ensure that the appliances are working efficiently.
● Extra Layers – When the colder days begin to settle in, you don’t always have to blast your heating. Try putting on some extra layers or use a blanket to keep yourself warm.
● Turning Off Lights – When you’re not occupying a room, turn the lights off.
● Dimmer Switches – When you’re sitting watching television in your living room, you aren’t going to need the light to be as bright as if you were in the kitchen preparing a meal. By installing dimmer switches, you can save on energy by choosing the appropriate amount of lighting.
● Frozen Food – If you’re preparing a meal with frozen food, allow it to thaw before you cook it. Thawed food takes less time in the oven, and that results in less energy usage.
● Air Drying – Instead of always using the dishwasher for a few plates and glasses, hand wash them in a bowl of warm water and allow them to air dry. When you bring wet clothing out of your washing machine, take advantage of nice sunny days to allow your clothes to air dry outside rather than putting them in the dryer.
● Sunshine – During the summer, if you’re at work and your kids are at school, shut the curtains in your home. Keeping the curtains closed will stop the sun from warming up your home, and you won’t have to run your AC for as long. During the winter, keep your curtains open during the day to allow as much sunlight as possible to enter your home. When the sun has gone down, close your curtains to keep the heat inside.
● Cold Water – Whenever you can, use cold water instead of hot water. By using the cold water more, your water heater isn’t having to run as frequently.
● Weather Strips – During the summer, you’ll be using your HVAC to cool your home, and during the winter, you’ll be using it to heat your home. Make sure that none of the warm or cold air is escaping by checking that your weather strips are intact.
● Energy Apps – There are now apps available for smartphones and tablets that allow you to see how much energy you’re using. They also provide you with advice on how to save each month.
● Solar Panels – When you’re trying to save money on your energy bills, you may think that investing in expensive solar panels is going against the point, but they can significantly decrease your energy bills. Depending on the hours of daylight, you can cut the cost of your energy bill by more than 75 percent.
● Insulate – If you have an electric water heater, add some extra insulation to it as this could help you to save some money. The insulation will keep the water in the tank hotter for longer, and it won’t require as much electricity for re-heating the water.
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