10 Ways to Keep Your Energy Bills Low
Homeowners are always trying to find effective ways to save energy. If you are one of those homeowners, good for you! Saving energy is not only good for your energy bill – but for the environment as well. However, sometimes it’s hard to find practical methods that work instead of simply sounding good in theory. But don’t worry because the pros at Mattioni are here to help! Below is a list of ways to keep your energy bills low, so you can get a taste of what it is really like to be energy-efficient!
1. Adjust Your Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, if you set your thermostat back 7-10 degrees from its normal setting for 8 hours a day, you can save up to 10 % on your heating and cooling. This might seem like one of those tips that sound good in theory, but you can easily put it into effect. If you use a programmable thermostat (which you should), you can easily use the scheduling settings to try out this method. Simply change the setting for the time you are gone and schedule it to return to normal for the time you return home.
2.Fix Air Leaks
Air leaks can force your HVAC system to work overtime to get to the temperature you want. Be sure to check your windows and exterior doors for any leaks. If there are any gaps, renew the weatherstripping and seals in these areas!
3. Use LED lights
LED lights use at least 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer. They also don’t radiate heat and have dimmable models available on the market.
4. Make Use of Fans
This specific tip works better during the summer when the weather is hot, and your air conditioner is in use all the time. Bring your thermostat up by a few degrees and make use of your fan instead. There will be less pressure on your AC, and you will still get the cooling you need because fans provide a wind-chill effect.
5. Change Your Air Filter Regularly
By changing your air filter once or twice a month, you can improve the performance of your HVAC system. Plus, you can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 % simply by changing your air filter.
6. Switch Outdoor Lights to Solar
Consider going solar with your outdoor lights. Solar powered lights have increasingly become popular because they save energy and are easy to install. Simply stake them into the ground and watch them work their magic!
7. Switch Off Your Lights
If you are the kind of person who leaves all the electronics, lights and fans on in every room you enter, you might want to change up this habit. Leaving lights on for long periods of time can increase your energy bill over time. Remember to turn them off after you leave the room.
8. Ensure Your Home is Insulated
Insulating places like your attic, ceiling, crawlspaces and walls can lower your heating and cooling bills by 20% and overall energy costs by 10%. Make sure your home is properly insulated so air isn’t leaking out from gaps and openings around your home.
9. Unplug Appliances Not in Use
There are certain appliances that continue to use up energy even if they aren’t being use, as long as they are plugged in. If you aren’t using something such as a charger, a coffee machine or hair dryer, remember to unplug them.
10. Air Dry Your Dishes
Consider air drying your dishes instead of using the dishwasher. Making this small change in your routine might make a difference!
Save Energy with Mattioni!
We hope this list of ways to reduce your energy bill has been helpful. If you want to learn more about how you can save energy, get in touch with Mattioni! Call us today at 610-400-8510 or schedule an appointment online!