With the prospect of a new year, make your new year’s resolution all about energy savings. Many people don’t realize that just a few small tweaks in your habits can really add up when it comes to your home’s energy bills.
How to Save Money on 2017 Energy Costs
Check out this list for several smart ideas on how to save money on energy costs in the new year:
- Use compact fluorescent bulbs over traditional incandescent bulbs as they can reduce energy usage up to 75%. Also, be sure to turn off lights whenever you leave a room. Make this a household rule to get everyone in on the energy savings.
- Check for drafts around your home’s exterior doors and windows, and seal up any leaks with weather stripping; or, if the space is small, use caulking. For drafts at the bottoms of doors, either purchase or make draft blockers to stop drafts from sneaking in.
- Check for leaks in your refrigerator gasket, which can be a costly problem to have. Place a sheet of paper in between the door and the body of the refrigerator. Close the door; if the sheet of paper slides out easily when tugged, then you should replace your refrigerator’s gasket.
- When not in use, unplug your television set. The television is designed to constantly draw power so that it is able to easily “click” on when you want it to.
- Have your HVAC system checked out by a professional at least once per year—twice is best. By doing this, you can make sure that your heating and cooling systems are running effectively and not using up any extra energy that they shouldn’t be using. Also, a professional technician can easily spot any small problems with your system that may need repair or adjustments.
- Clean all air vents regularly with a vacuum cleaner. Use a small paper towel wrapped around a butter knife to clean in between the grooves. This will not only help improve the efficiency of your heating or cooling system, but it will also improve your home’s air quality by preventing the dust and debris caught in these vents from cycling throughout your home’s air.
- If you are using a manual style thermostat, consider switching to a programmable one. This way, you can set your home’s temperature to a more energy efficient temperature while you are away or sleeping. You can set it to be change to a lower temperature in the winter, or a slightly higher temperature in the summer.
- When using your washing machine, avoid using the hot cycle and wash with warm or cold water instead. Heating water is responsible for approximately 90% of the energy expenditure of your washing machine. Cold water washes just as well, and is gentler on most fabrics, so the next time you do a load of laundry, choose colder temperatures over hot.
- During the colder months, keep a supply of sweaters and throw blankets around for keeping warm without the need to crank up the heat. By keeping your home just one degree cooler than normal, you can save from 3 to 5% in energy costs.
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