Save On Your Spring Energy Bills: 9 Cost-Effective Ways
But with a little planning and some simple changes around the house, you can keep those bills as low as possible. Here are some cost-effective ways to help you save energy in the weeks ahead.
9 Energy Saving Tips
- Program your thermostat – Proper use of your thermostat could help you save you up to 10 percent on your home energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Weatherize – Now that temperatures are tolerable, it’s a good time to caulk any air leaks around exterior doors and windows that might have widened over the winter. While you’re at it, try replacing door weatherstripping that might have worn away.
- Add to your insulation – Most homes – especially older ones – are under-insulated. Adding enough to meet recommended R-Values is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home’s overall efficiency and comfort.
- Change filters regularly – If you have a forced-air system (one with vents rather than radiators or baseboards), the most important maintenance tasks you have is to check air filters regularly, cleaning or changing them when needed. Clogged filters rob your furnace of efficiency by making it overwork to keep you warm; that means higher heating bills and more wear and tear on your equipment.
- Drop your water heater’s thermostat temperature – Did you know that about one-fifth of your home’s energy bill comes from heating water? One easy way to save on that part of your bill is to lower the temperature of your water heater’s thermostat from the factory setting (usually 140°F) to 120°F. You’ll save more than 10 percent on your water heating bill and you’ll never know the difference.
- Use the sun to your advantage – Keep curtains and shades open in sun-exposed rooms to absorb all that great heat and energy during the day, then close them at night to keep it in at night. Smart window treatments can help manage solar energy throughout the year.
- Close your fireplace damper – An open fireplace damper is like an open window; close it when you are not using your hearth.
- Keep vents and baseboards clear – Move any furniture, drapery or rugs that keep heat from circulating into the room.
- Service your equipment – When it comes to saving money on energy bills, there’s no substitute for routine annual maintenance from an experienced home heating professional. A seasoned technician will help you spot problems early, replacing worn parts before they cost you with diminished efficiency and eventual heating repairs.
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