Looking to save a little extra cash in the new year? There are plenty of ways to reduce energy consumption and save on your energy bill. A few strategies can become a part of daily life. It’s just that simple. From taking shorter showers to switching to LED light bulbs, homeowners are becoming more aware of how much energy they consume. Read below to see a few energy-saving tips you might not have heard of that will slash your energy bill as much as possible.
Check for air leaks
You can do everything right in regards to how you limit your air conditioning usage, but there can still be small issues you are overlooking. Small gaps and cracks between your windows can go unnoticed, and doors can allow air to escape which makes your heating and cooling system work harder than they need to. Fill these in with caulk. Sealing these leaks can save you more than 10% on your energy bills. Want to save even more? Replace your windows with double or triple pane energy efficient glass windows. The price you pay to replace your windows leads to significant savings in the long run.
Install a programmable thermostat
Don’t leave your heater or air conditioner on all day! By installing a programmable thermostat, you can adjust your home’s temperature based on your own schedule. Keep your home warm or cool when you need it to be. Programmable thermostats generally come with weekday and weekend presets that you can customize. You can potentially leave your AC off while you are at work and only have it on just before you come home. Not only is this a stress-free alternative to keeping your home’s temperature comfortable, it is amazingly energy efficient. It can reduce your energy costs up to 15%. Learn how to do so here.
Check your appliances
Your appliances could be draining much more energy than you think. Obviously lights, electronics, and appliances should be turned off when they are not being used. However, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, “75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.” Appliances include televisions, computers, coffee makers, etc. Instead of just turning off your appliances, experts recommend unplugging them completely to reduce all that wasted energy. Realistically, plugging and unplugging all of your appliances for each use can be a hassle. To make this easier, plug your appliances into easy-to-reach power strips. That way, you can simply turn the power strip on and off for your appliances.
Talk to the professionals
Ask your energy provider if there are ways you can work to reduce your energy bill. This can be done annually. Most energy providers have programs for rebates or discounts for reducing energy consumption during peak hours. Also, ask other energy providers how much they will charge you instead. You can potentially save money by switching companies. Other than that, have home energy auditors do a professional evaluation of your energy usage. They can give personalized suggestions for products and methods to help save energy and money.
Going into 2018 with some extra cash in your wallet would be a great start to the new year. By trying a couple of these suggestions, you are likely to start saving instantly.