Take the initiative this year to lower your energy bill by making it one of your New Year’s resolutions. Some of the most effective cost-reducing tips are often overlooked by consumers because of how small and insignificant they seem. However, by taking these small yet simple steps for home efficiency, you can decrease your energy bill and in turn save money.
Change your air filter
Change your air filter on a regular basis can to save 1-2% off your total energy costs. Although it might not sound like much, it adds up in the long run. Dirty air filters can restrict airflow, causing the system to work harder and longer to maintain the desired temperature, wasting energy. Filters should be changed every month to maximize system efficiency and save you money!
Install a programmable thermostat
Make your life easier by installing a programmable thermostat. Ideal for those who are out of the house on a regular basis, most programmable thermostats have the capability of being set specifically for each day of the week so that energy is not wasted while the house is unoccupied or while you sleep. Programmable thermometers can save you up to 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills.
Seal heating and cooling ducts
You might be losing hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs due to poorly insulated ducts. Air ducts are used to deliver conditioned air throughout the house. Improperly insulated air ducts can leak heated air, resulting in high utility bills and discomfort across the house despite what the thermostat says. In fact, you can lose up to 60% of your heated air due to inadequate duct insulation before it even reaches the register.
Effectively insulating your home, specifically the attic, is one of the most cost effective ways to make your home energy efficient and get more for your money. Installing insulation will help deliver comfort and lower energy bills even during the hottest and coldest months of the year while protecting against air leaks and moisture control. Properly insulated homes can help save up to 20% of your heating and cooling bill.
Another simple way to reduce your utility bill is to seal the leaks around your home, both seen and unseen, with caulk, spray foam, or with weather stripping to keep the air inside the home and to prevent it from escaping. Almost one third of all air that infiltrates the home comes from holes and cracks from the ceiling, walls or floors.