Fast Ways To Cut Your Home Energy Bills
Today, whether you rent or own, almost everyone is searching for ways to reduce energy costs. With energy bills continuing to rise, our number one concern is keeping our family safe and at the same time, use less energy to reduce our energy cost and conserve our natural resources.
Here are some simple and affordable steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
Electronics have become an everyday necessity and power needed for our computers, televisions, and chargers for phones and portable devices is a growing part of our energy bill and energy usage. Become more energy efficient by plugging all your equipment into a power strip which, when switched off, will eliminate any standby draw from these devices. This also has the added benefit of protecting your equipment from possible power surges.
Depending on how you use these electronics, they could increase your energy bill by 20 percent. If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 8 hours, for example overnight, turn your computer off to save electricity. If you are just stepping away from your computer for a short time, put your computer in “sleep” mode or turn it off completely.
Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with money-saving options such as halogen incandescent, CFL, and LED lightbulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.
Here are other quick, simple and affordable solutions that can really cut down on your energy usage and cost:
- Turn down the temperature on the hot water heater.
- Set refrigerator temperature to 36 to 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Set freezer to 0 to 5 degrees F.
- Turn off water while shaving and brushing teeth.
- Do not preheat your oven except for baking.
- Cover pots/pans when cooking
- In winter, turn down the thermostat 10 degrees at night.
- If your home has a fireplace that you aren’t using, be sure the flue is closed
- Keep your doors and windows shut when the heat is on
- Keep curtains open on the sunny side of your home during the day. Keep windows covered when it’s dark outside.
- Maximize day lighting
Implementing any or all these simple and affordable steps can help cut your energy cost and conserve our precious natural resources.