On average, single residential home owners spend about $2,200 per year on energy. The majority of them use energy for lighting, heating, and powering electronics and home appliances. With the soaring costs of living, many become concerned with keeping the energy bill low. If you’re among them, you need to make small changes around your home. Simple things such as using LED bulbs or a thermostat can slash your yearly energy bills by hundreds of dollars. Let’s look at 7 tips that will give you a great head start.
Regulate heating and cooling *
Heating is a great way of keeping the home warm during cold and wintery nights. However, it also drives up the energy bill if not checked. To keep electricity bills low, install a programmable thermostat. Preset the thermostat to lower temperatures by 10 degrees each night in summer. And if you’re going out of your home for long hours, you should shut it down before you leave.
Instead of running the air conditioner for several hours, you can use smart ways such as draping your windows with opaque curtains to block sun rays. Better still, use ceiling fans to keep the room cools instead of the air conditioner. Also, check your windows and door seals for leaks and seal them properly.
Replace Incandescent light bulbs with LEDs *
Lighting accounts for a significant percentage of home energy bills. For instance, If you use a 100 Watt incandescent bulb for just 6 hours a day, you will burn 18kWh each month and pay more. To save and conserve energy, switch to energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s). A 25 Watt fluorescent bulb produces the same amount of light as a 100 Watt incandescent build. And the best part is that it lasts longer. While they may cost more, they will often save you money in the long run.
Buy energy-efficient appliances *
If you’re shopping for a new appliance, you should consider buying an ENERGY STAR-labelled appliance. Energy Star models come with “economy” setting that allows you to control the heating for smaller tasks. Some appliances such as dishwashers automatically regulate water temperature and washing cycles depending on the levels of dirt detected. Also, preset the temperature of home heating appliances so that they can use energy more efficiently.
Use smaller computer & TV screens *
Large TV screen and monitors are great for entertainment but they’re also energy hogs. Instead of buying a large TV screen or desktop monitor, which consumes more power, go for small and medium-sized that consume less power. You can save energy by purchasing TV models that meet Energy 3.) Star standards. Always look for screens or monitors that have motion or light sensors to regulate the lighting based on ambience and presence. Alternatively, you can preset-power saving mode to regulate screen brightness.
Insulate your home properly *
Home insulation is a highly-effective strategy for regulating internal temperatures and lowering energy bills. The walls around your home account for a third of heat loss. By insulating your home properly, you can you lower your energy bill by 30%. If you spend about $500 on energy bills, you can cut it down to around $330 per year.