Saving money on your monthly energy bills can seem like a daunting task to any homeowner, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By making small changes to the way you do things, you’ll be able to see your costs drop immediately. Here are a few tips for you to follow:
Turn Up the Thermostat
You obviously don’t want to make yourself uncomfortable, but if you turn up the thermostat by only a degree or two, you’ll enjoy some quick energy savings. For even greater savings, you can switch to a programmable or Wi-Fi model that offers better control over your home’s temperature.
Seal Air Leaks
When air escapes your home, your HVAC system has a more difficult time maintaining the proper temperature. This means that it’s running longer than it needs to. You can prevent this by sealing air leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping. Trouble spots are often the areas around your doors and windows, so start there.
Lower Hot Water Usage
With this strategy, you’ll be saving both water and energy used to warm the water up. You can lower your hot water usage by keeping showers to a few minutes, only running your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load, and washing clothes in cold water.
Change Out Your Lightbulbs
It’s time to face a simple truth — traditional lightbulbs are on their way out. Newer models, such as CFL and LED, don’t cost much more and offer considerably lower energy usage. Change out your old lightbulbs wherever you can, and do it soon.
Unplug Energy Vampires
An energy vampire is any appliance that continues to utilize a small amount of electricity when they’re switched off. These include DVD players, televisions, and even cell phone chargers. Unplug these devices whenever possible and you’ll stop wasting so much energy.
Are you looking for more small changes that can mean big savings for your home? The friendly professionals at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing can help you with all your home comfort needs. We’ve been serving the Indianapolis area for over 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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