Despite all the wonderful ways that technology is coming up with energy efficient appliances and equipment, we’re still seeing the rates and cost of utilities increase, and the wallets in our pockets doing the exact opposite. Consider the following tips to save without giving up on your comfortable lifestyle.
1. Furnace Care
To save money when it comes to heating, it’s all about efficiency. Perform thorough inspections to your heating system to ensure optimal performance for maximum results. Less energy is used when furnace filters are replaced or cleaned. Ensure vents and ducts are open and not blocked by furniture, carpet, and curtains.
2. Heating Tips
Don’t use the fireplace and furnace at the same time. Keep the damper on the fireplace closed when not in use to block off drafts. Make use of ceiling fans to encourage the circulation of warm air, and seal off doors and windows sufficiently to prevent incoming drafts and the loss of heat. Check out Modernize.com for more information on heating and cooling options available.
3. Take Advantage of Your Fans
Install ceiling fans for optimal air circulation. Operate appliances such as dryers, ovens, and stoves in the evening when it’s cooler to prevent constant usage of an AC unit and sky-rocket electric bills.
4. Go Tankless!
Tankless heaters are extremely energy efficient because it eliminates the need for heating and holding large volumes of water. They provide hot water instantly, have double the life expectancy, take up less space, and can be installed on a wall. Although the initial cost is expensive, it’ll save you lots of money in the long run!
5. Tank Care
Realistically if you’re not in the market to replace that water tank just yet, empty it once a year to eliminate built-up sediment and minerals which will improve efficiency. Lower the thermostat on the water heater. Also repair or replace leaking and defective plumping and faucet fixtures and accessories. 212 gallons a month can be lost due to a hot dripping tap.
6. Buy Smart
Purchase appliances and products that are energy star approved and have a low energy efficiency rating. The lower the rating, the less amount of energy it’s going to need to operate. These could include kitchen appliances, light bulbs, and electronics.
7. Go Solar!
If money is no issue, consider installing solar panels. State and federal rebates have recently made this a realistic option for many homeowners, and most report breaking even after just 8-10 years. Click here to find solar incentives in your state.
8. Kill Energy-Sucking Vampires
Don’t be fooled that your appliances are behaving while not in use. 75 percent of electricity is used while appliances are turned off according to EnergyStar. Simply utilizing power strips and switching them off can save you money on every bill, and that adds up fast.
9. Install Motion-Sensors
You can save up to $100 a year just by using automatic sensors that turn on lights when you need them and turn off when you don’t. Thanks to these, you’ll only pay for what you use. Plus there’s the added bonus of feeling like you have special powers every time you walk into a room that has them. Here is more about the benefits of lighting control for Energy.gov.
Sometimes the electric bill feels like it has a set of gnarly, sharp teeth. Grab ’em by the canines and show ’em who’s boss by taking control of the energy-reins in your home.
Written by Jane Blanchard