Yesterday was National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! The day is marked as an annual reminder to make our homes more efficient. As a result, we have continuously given you tips and tricks as to how you can make your home a more energy efficient space. Here is a refresher on some of the ways to cut your energy costs.
First Steps to Cutting Your Energy Costs
Evaluate Your Home’s Efficiency
Getting your heating system tuned up and evaluating your home’s energy efficiency is a good first step towards reducing the energy cost of your home. While a tune up to your heating system can save you 3 to 10 percent of your energy cost, an energy assessment can help you with preserving energy on appliances, lighting, and hot water. The work most often required to save energy at home is smaller in scale and doable on your own, and can result in big savings on your energy bills.
Prepare for the Weather
Weatherproof your home. Those windows and doors that are not sealed properly are wasting energy. Therefore, take steps to insulate those leaks. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 40 percent of a home’s energy is lost due to air infiltration from the outdoors. Air seeps in through ceilings, walls, and also from windows and doors. You can greatly reduce this by adding insulation, weather-stripping, and caulking around windows and doors.
Control the Climate
A programmable thermostat is a good investment. This is an inexpensive and an easy improvement to cut down your energy costs. There’s no reason to crank the heat when everyone is at work, and no need to sleep in 80-degree heat. Program your schedule into your thermostat and it’ll do all the work for you.
Turn off the Lights
Pull the plug and hit the lights. Pull the plug if your electronic devices are not being used. And switch on the lights in only the rooms where everyone is and switch off the unnecessary ones. Shut off the lights when leaving a room and make sure you install energy efficient light bulbs throughout your home. These may seem like smaller steps, but every effort adds up.
Keep Appliances Working Right
Timely services for your appliances and furnaces. Properly maintain your furnaces by changing filters and cleaning them regularly. Dusty filters make furnaces to work harder, increasing energy costs and potentially causing blower malfunctions. Switch to energy efficient appliances (ENERGY STAR certified) and properly clean and maintain them to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.
These are just a few of the many ways to conserve energy. Use these tips, along with other techniques you may already have in practice to save money and reduce your energy costs. Finally, have any to add? Please share in the comments!