Learn How to Save on Your Energy Bill
One of the greatest problems homeowners face today is the rising cost of energy. Many homeowners struggle to pay the full amount of their bills because they are short on cash. Well I have good news, because I am going to help you reduce the amount that you pay on your bill, simply be reducing the amount of energy you use. Many things in your home can waste energy without you even knowing. Not only do these things waste your money, they contribute to the emissions put off into the environment and add up to wasted energy. If you have read my article on ways to reduce your carbon footprint, you will find a few overlapping themes. There is a reason for this. A few of the ways that you can save money on your energy bill will also go a long way in helping you become more green.
Leaving devices plugged in when not in use can add up. According to a CNBC article, unplugging your home printer when not in use can help you save up to $130 each year. Shutting down your desktop computer when you are not using it can add up to $169 in yearly savings. These are two common things that many of us do that we do not think add up to much, but it does. I know everyone will take an extra $199 each year if it meant unplugging our printer or shutting down our computer when we are not using it. Imagine how much more money you could save if you unplugged or turned off all devices that were not in use.
Seal up any gaps in your home where warm air can escape and cold air can be let it in. This is usually a bigger issue in older houses, but houses of any age can encounter this problem. Sealing up air leaks in your house with caulk can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill each year. Many state utility companies even offer low cost or free audits to help you find where the biggest leaks are.
If you have a leaky faucet or shower that tends to drip every second or every couple of seconds, you should get it fixed as soon as possible. Water leaks can cost you around $35 per year. Not only is it costing you money, it is wasting water, which is bad for the environment.
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Warm water uses a fair amount of energy because it needs to be heated up by your water heater. Cold water does not need to go through this process, so it is much cheaper to use cold water instead of hot water to wash clothes. How much cheaper? On average, if you use cold water to wash your clothes for a year, you can save an average of $60.
Be Energy Efficient
Replace all the light bulbs in your home with energy efficient lights. Each regular light bulb costs an extra $4 per year compared to an energy efficient bulb. The average household has around 40 light bulbs, so by replacing all your lights with an energy efficient bulb you can save around $160 a year.
Keep your blinds or shades open in the winter and closed in the summer. In the winter, you can let sunlight in to help warm your house, while in the summer you want to keep them closed in order to keep the cold air in and prevent sunlight from heating up your house.
In the summer, use your ceiling fan, or any fan for that matter, before you turn on your air conditioning. A fan uses much less energy than an air conditioning unit and can help keep you cool more directly as well.
Buy a programmable thermostat. They are relatively cheap, and you can set it to adjust the temperature to save energy for the times of the day that you are not home. According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling bill.
A way to keep warm in the winter is to burn wood in your fireplace instead of using a heater. This is only applicable to those with a wood burning fireplace, as a gas fireplace still takes energy. Use your fireplace as more than decoration and use it as a way to save on energy.