We’re all feeling the crunch of inflation. As colder weather approaches, you may be worrying about how to keep up with your home energy costs – particularly electricity. With longer nights and colder temperatures, electricity bills can skyrocket during these fall and winter months. Fortunately, there are ways you can curb your electricity bills so they don’t take such a big bite out of your bank account. Follow these tips to help you realize savings on your electricity bills now and during every season.
Check into energy audits
Did you know that many utility companies offer home energy audits to their customers – for free? These audits help you determine where you can save money on your utility costs. Contact your utility company to see if they offer this program in your area. If not, you can also perform one of your own.
Keep the fridge stocked
Here’s something you may not know – keeping your fridge and freezer full will help you save on your energy costs. The food inside your fridge and freezer can provide insulation. That means your fridge does not need to run as often to stay cool. So stock up!
Use those ceiling fans
Ceiling fans aren’t just great for keeping you cool. They can actually help you be more efficient. By using your ceiling fans, you can keep the air circulating in your home. When you do, your air conditioner and heater don’t have to work as hard to keep things at a comfortable temperature.
Use power strips
This may also surprise you – did you know that appliances that are plugged in but turned off still consume electricity? These so-called phantom loads are caused by TVs, computers, kitchen appliances, and stereos, among others. To curb the costs of these phantom loads, plug these appliances into a power strip. When those appliances are not in use, turn off the power strip.
Keep your HVAC maintained
One of the best ways to keep your energy costs in check is to have your HVAC system serviced every year by a professional. This ensures that your system is running efficiently. An added bonus is that it also helps to keep the air in your home cleaner. While you’re at it, make sure you change your HVAC filters regularly.
Switch to LEDs
If you haven’t gotten on the LED bandwagon, then now is the time to do it. LED light bulbs are far more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs – up to 90 percent, in fact. If you’re concerned about the upfront cost of switching, then start with the bulbs you use the most. Change the others as you are able.
Turn down your hot water heater
Another big drain on energy in your home is heating your water. To see savings on your energy bill, turn the temperature down on your hot water heater. Aim to keep it between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. For added savings, put an insulation jacket on your hot water heater and insulate the first six feet of pipe that extends from it. You’ll be glad you did!
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