We all could stand to lower our power bills, right? That’s because we’re all victims of “The Spike,” that time of year where all homes experience an increase in their heating or cooling usage. For some, your bill will be higher in the winter after those vacation rental stays are over and you’re stuck inside waiting for Spring. For those in warmer states, the summer will drain your pocketbook dry due to cooling costs. The only way to come close to normalizing your bill is to come up with smart ways to cut down on your energy usage. So, we’ve gone ahead and done that for you! Here are six ways to save energy and lower that power bill:
Install LED light bulbs
LED lighting technology is the most energy-efficient of all lighting tech. Replace all cheap quality bulbs in your home with energy-star rated residential LEDs and you will cut your lighting bills by at least 75%. Their durability is at least 25 times more compared to incandescent lighting. This means they last longer and as much as the upfront cost of installing LEDs is higher than incandescent bulbs, using incandescent bulbs will always be more expensive in the long run as you have to replace them more often.
Minimize waste in the kitchen
· When cooking, turn the oven or stove off about 5 minutes before time. This will let the heat on the stove/oven and the residual heat in your cooking vessels continue to cook the food without consuming any more electricity.
· Run the dishwasher when full, so you don’t need to run it as often.
· Use the right-sized burner as using a large one for a small pot uses additional energy that you didn’t need.
· Keep the oven door closed since opening it before time loses much of the heat in the oven, requiring it to heat back up to the needed temperature
Use the barbeque
In the months you can be outside, use the barbecue rather than the kitchen. This will save the electricity your stove or oven use. In the summer months, this will lessen how much your home heats up from the use of your stove and oven, which can trick the AC to turning on.
Seal and insulate
Bring in a professional siding company to inspect your home for air leaks and poor attic insulation. This will prevent the cold outdoor air from trickling into your living spaces, or the generated heat from escaping to the outdoors—either one requires your heater to kick on more often.
Upgrade your appliances
Install Energy Star certified heating and cooling systems and home appliances. Be sure to check the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of an appliance before buying it. Because over half of your household energy goes to heating and cooling, appliances with high EER and SEER ratios can cut your energy bills by up to 15%.
Install a solar heating system
For those looking to move the needle further, a solar heating system will do the trick. Such a system might not be the end-all-be-all solution for heating your entire home, but they can complement the system you have to save on your bill in perpetuity. Ensure that when you decide to install these solar heating systems, that your house gets enough sun during the day so that it generates enough energy to at least run the heating system for a couple of hours.
There isn’t a one-and-done approach to energy saving as you can see from our list. It’s the small and abundant energy conservation choices that will eventually make your home energy efficient to the point of lowering your power bills.
About the author: Anda Warner is a certified architect as well as a writer for different websites. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. She puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can.
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