How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill
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It isn’t cheap to keep your lights on. You are probably spending a lot more on your electric bill than you should. However, there are several things that you can do in order to save money on your electric bill.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Your HVAC system uses a lot more energy than any other appliance in your home. You can reduce the amount of energy that you spend by adjusting the thermostat. You should consider setting the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees lower or higher when you are away from home or sleeping. If you adjust the temperature for eight hours per day, then this can help you save 10 percent on your heating and cooling costs. You may also want to invest in a programmable thermostat.
Fix Leaky Ductwork
Your HVAC system will work more efficiently if you fix the ductwork. You can pinpoint a leak by feeling along the ducts for escaping air. You can seal the ducts by using metallic foil tape.
Change the HVAC Filter on a Regular Basis
Air filters typically need to be changed once a month. However, there are some filters that last three months. You should check the manufacturer’s manual in order to see how often the filter will need to be changed. A clean filter can reduce energy usage by 20 percent.
Use Less Hot Water
Everyone loves hot showers and baths. However, hot showers and baths can cause you to have to spend a lot more money on your energy bill. That is why you should consider shortening your shower and bath time. You may also want to wash your clothes in cold water. It is estimated that anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of the energy that the washing machine uses goes towards heating the water. Keep in mind that you will still be able to get your clothing clean by washing your clothes in cold water.
Furthermore, you should adjust the temperature on your thermostat. The default temperature setting on most water heaters is 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You should consider lowering it to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you will be out of town for a few days, then you should put the temperature on the lowest possible setting.
Get HVAC Maintenance
Many people think that if their HVAC system is working properly, then there is no need to call a professional. However, it is a good idea to get professional maintenance at least once a year. Regular maintenance will ensure that your HVAC is working at its peak. A professional will also tune up your HVAC system. If your HVAC system is functioning properly, then it will use less energy.
Furthermore, you will need to make sure that the rest of your appliances are properly. Your washer, dryer and refrigerator will also need regular maintenance.
Purchase Energy-efficient Appliances
If you are in need of new appliances, then it is important to choose some that are energy-efficient. You should look for appliances that have an Energy Star label. Every appliance that you buy does need to have an Energy Star rating. However, you should prioritize the appliances that you use the most often. This includes your water heater, washer, dryer, television and HVAC system.
Use Different Types of Lightbulbs
If you are still using incandescent lightbulbs, then it is a good idea for you to switch to LED or compact fluorescent lightbulbs. LED lights and compact fluorescent light bulbs do cost more money. However, they can help you save a lot of money over time. Not only will you be able to save money on your electric bill, but you will also be able to keep the lights longer.