Energy Saving Tips Anyone Can Use
With a new season on the horizon, you might be wondering how you can save money on your energy bill. Seasonal changes present great opportunities for you to take some simple steps that can help you trim your energy costs during the upcoming season and throughout the remainder of the year. Check out these easy energy saving tips to keep more money in your wallet.
Adjust the Temperature
As you know, seasonal changes are often accompanied by changes in the weather. If cooler weather is on its way, set your thermostat to no higher than 68 degrees, or the lowest temperature at which you’ll be comfortable. Do the opposite if spring or summer is on the horizon. For every degree you lower the room temperature in cold weather, you can save around two percent on your energy bill.
Did you know that turning your thermostat back just 10 – 15 degrees for only eight hours a day can help you save a lot on your heating and cooling costs? More specifically, doing this can save you as much as 10 percent off your annual energy bill.
If the thought of changing the room temperature in your home by that much every day intimidates you, don’t let it. Simply change the temperature during the time you’re asleep or when you’re going to be out of your home. If you’re worried about remembering to change the temperature every day, you may want to invest in a smart or programmable thermostat that can adjust the room temperature for you.
Weatherize Your Home
No matter what season is around the corner, it’s a good idea to weatherize your home to prevent air leaks. You should caulk and put weather-stripping around your exterior doors and windows. You should also lock your doors and windows to make them even more resistant to drafts.
Your windows and doors aren’t the only places were drafts can occur. Cut-throughs for pipes, chimneys that have gaps, recessed lights, floors, vents, outlets and the unfinished areas behind cupboards and closets are also susceptible to air leaks. So you should weatherize them as well if they’re drafty.
If you think weatherizing your home requires too much work to be worthwhile, think again. Reducing drafts can reduce the average home’s monthly energy bill by as much as 10 percent.
To keep warm or cool air in your home depending on the season, your residence needs to be properly insulated. If your attic, basement or exterior walls don’t have sufficient insulation, add some to those areas.
Close the Vents and Doors
If you don’t use every room in your home, close the vents in those rooms and the doors leading into those unused spaces. This will prevent your HVAC system from heating or cooling the rooms you don’t use regularly, which can lower your energy bill.
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