Here’s some ideas to put $300 – $1500 in your pocket with energy saving ideas.
Monitoring your electrical usage.
Simply monitoring your electrical usage and making energy conservation efforts has proven to save between 3% and 12% per year. Check with your energy provider to see if they have real time usage reports available either with an app or on their website.
Replacing your lightbulbs with LED
Hot light bulbs are a pretty good indication of wasted energy. Not only do old style lightbulbs use more energy but the heat they put off creates extended use of your air conditioner. LED bulbs are an easy way to get your energy conservation efforts started. Not only do they put off very little heat, but they last 10 – 20 times longer than older lightbulbs while producing four times the light per watt. Studies show replacing light fixtures with LED bulbs can save homeowners up to $75 per year. This is in addition to the savings you gain for less air conditioning usage.
Utilize your ceiling fans
By using your ceiling fans, you can turn your thermostat up to 4 degrees without feeling any discomfort. The Department of Energy reports that ceiling fans create a wind chill effect that allows you to feel more comfortable even with your thermostat turned up.
Block out the sun
While it is difficult to close the blinds or shades on a sunny day it is essential to keeping your home cooler on hot summer day.
Modern smart-thermostats can be controlled from anywhere via your smartphone. This makes it convenient to keep you home a bit warmer while away then cool things down a few degrees while traveling home.
Fall in love with your grill
Your house is hot enough in the summer months and your oven only makes it worse. How about doing some outside grilling? Not a grill master? You can also get creative using your microwave for meal prep. Both options keep your kitchen cooler and your air conditioner off.
Do-it-yourself Home Energy Audit
While not as extensive as a professional energy audit, you can conduct your own walk-through and pinpoint areas that need to be addressed.
- Locate and seal air leaks or drafts.
- Check insulation in your ceiling and walls.
- Replace forced air furnace filters and inspect around your air conditioner compressor for debris.
- Consider strategies to reduce the use of appliances and electronics. Unplug when not in use and consider replacing with new, more efficient products.
If you find your home having some energy audit issues consider hiring a professional for a thorough inspection, the savings may well offset the expense of the inspection and repairs.
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