Need some money-saving tips to lower the energy costs of your home? Here are a few of our favorites.
Save Money on Home Energy with a Smart Thermostat
The biggest energy drains on your home are heating and cooling. Even in the milder spring or fall months, your HVAC system is probably doing some kind of work to help keep your home comfortable.
A smart thermostat will optimize how much the HVAC system runs, saving you money in the long run. It’s the new and improved version of a programmable thermostat.
Save Energy Costs by Sealing Windows and Doors
If you can feel cool air coming out of a crack by a window or door, you have a seal issue. These small cracks are leaking air out of your house 24/7, so get that fixed as soon as possible. It may not seem like much, but over time these little cracks can lead to a lot of wasted money.
Sealing these cracks is easy. Just get some caulk from your DIY store and apply to the area. Come back after it has dried to confirm you fixed the issue.
Adjust the Temperatures of Your Fridge and Water Heater
Since your fridge is constantly draining electricity, it is a potential place to save on electricity costs. Try raising the temperature of your fridge a few degrees and see if it makes a difference. As long as your food still stays fresh long enough for you to eat it before it spoils, you’re good to go.
Replace Your HVAC Air Filters
Yes, another tip focused on your HVAC system. Since it’s the biggest energy hog in your home, it makes sense to have more than one tip focused on this.
Replace your air filters regularly so your system doesn’t need to work as hard. If the filters are old and clogged up, less air is passing through. This means your system needs to work harder to circulate air around the home. The longer the system is working, the more energy you’re burning up.
The frequency to change your filters depends on what kind you use. Generally the higher the quality, the more frequently you need to replace them since they get clogged up.
Check Your Ductwork
Are your ducts leaking air? That’s another potential cause of waste in your energy bills, If your HVAC system is constantly pushing air out of leaks in the ductwork, you’re not getting the most bang for your buck.
You can also do the simple task of making sure registers aren’t blocked or covered in dust.
Use Less Heat When Cleaning Clothes
Do you run the washing machine at high heat? How about the dryer? Both of those are using a lot of energy, so consider lowering the heat a bit. Your clothes still get just as clean and you’re able to save a few bucks along the way.
There are a lot of ways to save money on energy bills. For more homeownership advice, feel free to give us a call or send us an email.