10 Easy Ways to Lower Energy Bills- As energy prices continue climbing, everyone is looking for ways to save. Here are ten easy ways to lower energy bills for low to no cost.
10 Easy Ways to Lower Energy Bills
Have an Energy Audit
Most electric companies provide a free energy audit. Set up an appointment to have someone look over your home’s energy effectiveness. If there are ways to save by sealing air leaks, adding insulation, or fixing air ducts, you want to know so you can do something about it.
Fill Your Fridge & Freezer
This one may seem counter intuitive but filling the open space in your refrigerator and freezer means less area to cool. For inexpensive fillers, you can put a couple bags of ice in the empty spaces of your freezer, and it won’t have to work so hard. The same goes with your refrigerator, so fill a jug with water or iced tea to fill that open space and save yourself some money.
Close Your Curtains and Blinds
In the heat of the day, the sun shines directly into your home heating it up naturally. While this is great during the cool winter months, it makes your energy costs add up during summer while it works against the air conditioning or fans you use to bring the temperature down.
Change Air Filters
HVAC filters improve the air quality in your home but if they are full, they slow the air flow and cause the HVAC system to work harder. If it’s been more than six months, it’s time to replace your air filter. If it’s been less than six months, you can inspect it to see how dirty it is and replace if necessary. Increased system usage may require it to be replaced sooner than six months.
Use LED Lights
LED light bulbs save 60 – 90% more energy than incandescent bulbs, so this is an area it’s worth it to spend to save. Purchasing LED light bulbs may seem like an extra expense you don’t need but they reward you immediately in energy savings every single month.
Install Dimmer Switches
Dimmer switches allow you to select how much light you need in a room. Lower lighting uses less energy, which means these inexpensive switches can save you money. If you like having a light on in the room while watching a movie or when you’re away, install a dimmer switch so you can have lighting available but use less and save.
Wash Laundry in Cold Water
Cold water doesn’t require heating to clean your clothes. It is actually better for your laundry, too, as warm water can set in stains and damage some fabrics. The only time hot water is a necessity is for sanitizing laundry such as cloth diapers, sheets, and towels. So, by changing your temperature setting, you can save energy simply.
Lower the Temperature on Water Heater
Especially in summer, you may not need water to be as hot to shower, bathe and do other daily tasks. Lowering the temperature on your water heater will reduce the energy you are using by constantly heating hot water to a higher temperature. Turn down the temperature and see if anyone notices. If not, you’ll be putting some extra money in your pocket every month.
Air Dry Dishes
Many of us run our dishwasher always using the same settings. However, if you have time to wait for your dishes to air dry, you can save money by running a wash only cycle on the dishwasher and then opening the door to air dry the dishes. This can be done in the evening to let the dishes dry overnight so no heat is used during the drying cycle.
Raise the Temperature
Everyone enjoys having a place to cool down during the summer but raising your home’s temperature by a couple degrees will add up to significant cost savings. If you can use a fan in the room you’re occupying, the breeze can make up for the temperature adjustment and use less energy than cooling the whole house.
Clean the Lint Trap
This is the last simple savings tip…clean your dryer’s lint trap after every load. This may not seem necessary, but that extra lint build up causes the clothes dryer to use more energy as it takes longer and works harder to push warm air through and dry the clothes. Removing the lint will reduce drying time every time so keep it clean.
For more information on ways to save energy, or for other heating and cooling needs, contact us at Pilchuck Heating.
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