Energy is expensive—in fact energy bills have increased by 37 percent in just the last three years. So, if you want to cut costs, having an energy-efficient home is not as hard as you might think.
We waste so much energy unnecessarily. For example, the number one money-waster is leaving on the TV when it’s not in use. Keeping the ceiling fan left on high could cost you $35 per year, whereas a light bulb left on throughout the night could cost up to $21 each year. Costs add up, but there’s an easy solution to curb these costs.
Here’s what you can easily do:
Plug the Air Leakages
As said by the U.S. Division of energy, the average home has multiple air leaks, which all add up to a two-foot-square hole. That is as big as a moderate-sized window. Running air conditioning with these air leaks is literally wasting your money. It is no surprise that correctly sealing these leaks will undoubtedly help you Save Energy. The hardest part about plugging the leakages is finding them. Luckily, you do not have to figure it out by yourself! Professionals can help.
Cover Your Attic
One of the easiest ways to cut your heating and air-conditioning costs is to insulate your attic. You see, hot air rises, so while you are trying to heat your household, much of the warm air would escape without proper attic insulation. This means it costs more for you to heat your home in the colder months. In adding attic insulation, you’ll be covering all of your attic’s air leakage points.
Regular Equipment Maintenance
We recommend replacing your air filters every month. This will help keep your air-conditioning unit functioning efficiently. Preferably, you could also have a specialist service your unit too.
Time Your Machine Usage
Have you ever noticed how much your dishwasher and oven contributes to the heat of your kitchen? Try to run your dishwasher only when it’s full. And when it’s hot outside, we don’t recommend running the dishwasher until the evening. But, in the winter, any additional heat is welcomed. Running main appliances at definite times and making certain they are running correctly can lead to augmented energy and price savings. Home energy audits are becoming progressively popular. An energy audit might reveal numerous energy saving possibilities.