Cost-Friendly Ways to Save on Energy

Cost-Friendly Ways to Save on Energy

We are always looking for ways to save on energy. During the peak of summer and winter are when those utility bills seem to haunt us as we wait for the meter reading verdict. Thankfully, there are plenty of cost-friendly ways to minimize both the bill and the paranoia of lurking payment dates. Here is a list of ideas proven to cut costs by 10 percent or more.

1.Turn Off Unnecessary Lights

The first, and most obvious, step to minimizing energy consumption is to turn off unnecessary lights. It is an easy thing to do. Yet, this can be a challenge to execute, especially now that work-from-home jobs and online school programs are at record highs. However, when a room is not in use during those daytime hours, strive to remember flipping off that light switch before exiting. Open the curtains for natural, welcoming sunlight.

2. Unplug Unused Electronics

Yes, unplugging unused electronics definitely impacts energy usage. It is called phantom power or energy vampires. According to Energy Star, leaving electronics plugged in not so subtly robs us an extra $100-$200 over the lifespan of that product. Even if a desktop computer or television is powered off, it is certainly drawing energy as long as it is plugged in. Power chargers are considered energy vampires, as well. So be sure to unplug those items when not in use to avoid higher bills.

3. Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Some people are not comfortable with turning off their cooling or heating units while away from home. That is understandable. If you are one of them, then upgrading to an Energy Star certified smart thermostat will go far in reducing energy consumption while saving you over $100 a year. This thermostat will automatically adjust temperature settings throughout the day for superior performance. Plus, it can be controlled remotely since it is a WIFI-enabled device. If you forget to turn off the unit completely or change the temperature before leaving the house, you are able to do so while away.

4. Keep That Unit Clean

Energy Star states that the top two causes for high electricity bills are dirt and neglect. Dirt buildup will cause equipment to overwork leading to an overcharge. It is strongly recommended to replace air filters once a month. Clean out the air ducts. Wipe away accumulating surface dust and debris. Follow a checklist that will ensure thorough maintenance of the HVAC system. Ask for advice from a professional, if needed. All in all, a clean system will prevent extra costs in a major way. Equipment will last longer and perform at optimal levels because of it. 

Cutting down that electricity bill can be easy to achieve while being easy on the pockets. Visit our blog for more tips on home efficiency, safety, and security

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