7 Ways to Lower Your Gas and Electric Bills
Cutting costs and
saving money on your home gas and electric bills is easy with these
energy-saving options. But before you start, first take advantage of the Home
Energy Saver audit. (link to audit?) It will help you figure out where it may
be most beneficial to begin and also give you the best energy saving advice for
your home needs.
Here are some short
and long term solutions to help cut your energy bills.
motion sensor switches
Install motion sensors in low-traffic indoor
rooms, such as bathrooms, closets, basements, guest rooms, etc. Typically,
these are areas where lights could be left on, and can go unnoticed for a long
period of time. Although motion sensors use a bit of energy,
it’s worthwhile to use them where they are needed. This is great for families
Power strips can help save money by conserving
energy when things like TVs, DVD players, video game systems, computers, etc.
are not being used. It has been
estimated that electronics and household items can make up about 20 percent of
your monthly energy bill. You can save even more energy by simply turning
off the power strip when not in use because it cuts the energy completely.
3. Check out water heater timers
Water heaters can be controlled by
programmable thermostats. An automatic electric water heater timer will switch
off your water heater when it is not in use and turn it back on when it is
being used. Water heater timers can range from $15 to $200 or more.
While curtains, blinds, and awnings add
personality and style to your home, they can also help save energy. According to the U.S.
Department of Energy, window
awnings can reduce summer sun related heat gains inside your home by up to 77
percent. Interior blinds can reduce heat gain by 45 percent, and conventional
drapes can reduce heat loss in a warm room by about 10 percent.
5. Install ceiling fans
Using an air conditioner creates a cooler
environment by blowing out cool air on your body, but can also run up your
energy bill. Especially during the
summer, installing ceiling fans is a good way to reduce energy consumption. They
can operate all day without running up your energy bill. Ceiling fans circulate air to help keep a
room cool, but can also be used during the winter months to help circulate warm
in gaps around outlets
One area that can be commonly missed when you’re
weather stripping and caulking your home is around outlets. They tend to leak
cool air, which can increase your heating bill.
Installing solar panels in your home can help
offset some of your energy cost. Some solar panels can be easily installed while
others may require a licensed professional to complete the installation.You can decide what works best for your home.
Lowering your gas and electric bills can be
achieved with these short and long-term energy saving tips. Better still, these
solutions are beneficial to any homeowner during any season and time of the
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