Based on the events from icepocalypse, I’m pretty sure we are all looking at energy alternatives and ways to cut on costs! Are you constantly looking for ways to save money when it comes to an energy efficient home? You should always be on the lookout for cheaper electricity plans, but there are certainly other ways to have a lower bill overall.
Here are some really easy and effective ways that you can save money and conserve more for this new year ahead.
1. Maintain your appliances- Being a homeowner, one key thing for me was purchasing home appliances that would last for years to come, but also making sure to buy energy efficient appliances. When you see an Energy Star on an appliance, it’s not there for show. It can actually save you money. In about 20 percent of households, appliances account for that energy usage. Energy Star washing machines and dishwashers are designed to help you save water, giving you a bigger benefit in the end.
2.Change you home filters frequently- Replacing a clogged filter with a fresh one may provide energy savings of up to 15 percent per month. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends doing this at least once every three months, though you may need to replace your filter more frequently during periods of heavy use.
3. Switch to energy-saving lightbulbs- We use lights every single day, so having efficient lighting is key in saving money throughout the years and cutting a big dent in the bill. You could potentially save up to $45 per year by using models that have earned the Energy Star.
4. Turn off the fan when you leave the room- I know it’s hard to remember sometimes, but in all honestly the fan will just continue blowing hot air. They only cool people by doing so and not the air. It’s always a good rule of thumb to follow when you have smaller kids with teaching them the importance on not wasting energy.
5. Turn the thermostat down- You can easily save in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. According to Energy Star, setting your thermostat to about 68-78 when you’re home is the ideal balance of comfort and energy efficiency. I would recommend shutting it completely when on an extended vacation as well.
How do you save at home?