5 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bill
This warm weather has likely brought up your home’s cooling bill, and now with fall approaching, you can expect to start cranking up your heat.
If you are tired of costly cooling and heating bills, you can take plenty of action to reduce your energy use and save money.
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5 Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bill
Here are five ways to save money on your heating costs:
- Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks are one of the biggest culprits of energy waste in homes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), air leaks can account for up to 30 percent of your heating costs. Be sure to address this before the outdoor temperature drops, and you need to turn on your heat! You can seal air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings in your home with caulk, weatherstripping, and foam insulation.
- Upgrade Your Equipment
ENERGY STAR appliances are designed to be more energy-efficient than standard appliances. According to ENERGY STAR, ENERGY STAR-certified furnaces can save you up to 20 percent on your heating costs. If your equipment is approaching the end of its useful service life, select an ENERGY STAR-certified system so you can enjoy reduced energy expenses.
ENERGY STAR-certified appliances have been independently tested and certified to meet strict energy-efficiency standards.
- Schedule Routine HVAC Maintenance
A well-maintained HVAC system will be more efficient and save you money on your energy bills. Have your furnace or air conditioner professionally cleaned and serviced every year. During a routine HVAC service, technicians will inspect your system for any problems and make necessary repairs. They will also clean and adjust your system to ensure that it is operating at peak efficiency.
- Adjust Your Thermostat
Every degree you lower your thermostat can save you up to three percent on your heating costs. If you know you won’t be home during certain hours of the day, drop the temperature a few degrees in the fall and winter when it is cooler outside. The same applies to the last few weeks of summer: increase your thermostat a few degrees for lower cooling costs.
- Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat, which allows you to adjust the temperature remotely and has the ability to learn your schedule and adjust the indoor temperature accordingly. Smart thermostats can help you save money on your heating costs by automatically adjusting your home’s temperature based on your schedule and preferences.
For example, a smart thermostat can automatically lower your home’s temperature when you’re asleep. It can also adjust the temperature when you are away from home, and then raise the temperature again when you’re on your way home.