Easy Tips for Saving Energy (and Money)
Our homebuilder, Woodside Homes, made us a home with some really great energy saving features. We’ve noticed a decrease in our electric bill between our old house and this one of similar size. Regardless, we've taken extra steps to reduce our energy consumption even fruther! You can try these tips too and save yourself some money.
In the winter months, lower your home’s heat setting by a few degrees. Lowering your thermostat by just 7° to 10° for an 8-hour period can save you up to 10% per year. Try changing your thermostat settings to automatically lower the temperature when away from home for extended periods (work, school, etc).
Program your thermostat so heating and cooling is more consistent. Although you may be used to manually adjusting your thermostat, programming it to run at certain times and at certain temperatures will help avoid spikes in run time which costs money. In the winter months, try setting it to run cooler at night when everyone’s already snug in their beds. According to HVAC pros, 68° is the perfect temperature for sleeping.
In the hot summer months, lower your water heater by one full setting. The higher the setting the more gas you need to maintain the water temeperature. Water heating accounts for 18% of the energy consumed in your home.
Use less water. I know, this one can be hard, but some easy ways to do this are spending less time in the shower, washing only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine, turning off the faucet while scrubbing your dishes, and cutting a few minutes off each watering zone in the yard.
Simple measures like these will save you money and still maintain a comfy home.
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