There are loads of little tips and tricks you can use to save yourself some money on your utility bills. Studies have shown that the average energy cost for a typical American home is about $2200. Knowing where your energy is going is part of the solution. Below is the breakdown of where your energy is probably going.
Truth be told, sometimes the only way to really lower your bills is to upgrade the things that use up electricity. There are, though, a few smaller things you can do as well. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System
Energy Star, which you probably know because of the stickers you find on a lot of new appliances, says that about half of the energy you use in your home is dedicated to heating and cooling it, and if you think about it, it makes sense. I always refer to spring and fall as the Golden Ages because I get to open my windows and turn the furnace and air conditioner off, and my utility bills always go down.
If you’re running an old furnace or air conditioner, just about any new model will be more energy efficient. The thing is, if you don’t need to upgrade, it’s pretty hard to justify that money. So if that’s not the route you want to take, try these things:
- Change your filters. Using a dirty filter could make your system work several times harder costing you money and your HVAC. If you use a higher MERV rated filter and think you could handle a little more dust in the air, use a lower one, somewhere in the 5-8 range.
- Service. Make sure your HVAC system is in good working order. There are plenty of articles that can help you do a little DIY maintenance, and having a contractor in every once in a while won’t hurt either.
Utilize a Programmable Thermostat
These things are high tech. You can tell it when you want a certain temperature to be reached, and it’ll have your HVAC do it. So say it’s winter: you probably want the house to cool off while you’re at work, but want it warmed up just in time for when you get home.
Adjusting your thermostat just a few degrees could save you a ton of money and with a programmable thermostat, you can do that without sacrificing the times you are at home.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
The top thing to remember with big products is that even though the dollar signs are bigger, they’ll save you more in the long run. You’ve got to think about the amount you’ll save off of your energy bills each month. If you’re serious about it, always buy new appliances that are Energy Star certified. These things always use less energy than others on the market do.
Here’s a few examples of the appliances you should definitely be buying Energy Star certified:
- Washing Mashine
- Dish Washer
- Water Heater
- Air Conditoner and Furnace
There’s not a good rule of thumb for when to upgrade what, other than just upgrading something when it stops working. Otherwise, upgrade what makes sense, where you think you’ll see the biggest change. If you’re washing clothes with a washer from 1970 and your other appliances are from the late ‘80’s, then you’ll probably see a pretty drastic change in efficiency by upgrading to a new washer. Good luck!
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