Energy Saving Tips That Will Lower Your Bill
Temperatures are falling which means that your utility bills are likely on the rise. With the average American spending around $200 a month on energy, most are looking for a way to decrease those prices in any way they can. Just not using heat is an unrealistic option, so there are other updates and changes you can make to save money and still stay warm this Fall.
FIND AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME
If you are on the hunt for a new home this Fall think ahead and make energy efficiency a priority in your home search. Keep square footage to the minimum you think you will need – the more unnecessary space, the more space you’ll be warming (or cooling this Summer). Certain home features, like sun rooms and high ceilings, also contribute to unnecessary space or space that heats quicker than normal.
Replacing appliances and equipment can be a large up-front cost, so if you’re looking to start saving now, even small amounts, quick fixes are your best choice. Some options include using cold water for laundry, changing the direction of your ceiling fan, and using energy-efficient light bulbs. Check your doors for sealing issues and replace weather stripping if necessary to prevent drafts.
FIND AN EXPERT
If you want more guidance on how to save energy, you can contact your local utility company. Many provide free energy audits and can offer professional advice on ways to lower your energy use and save you money.