For many people, the regular electricity bill accounts for a significant part of the household budget. In fact, the energy bill is often only surpassed by the mortgage or rent payment. It’s usually in your best interest to keep it as low as possible, conserving energy and money. Luckily there are some easy ways to save on heating and cooling and reduce the amount of electricity you use every day.
1. Do a nightly energy sweep.
Everyone has left fans, lights or appliances on at night while they sleep, but doing so wastes increasingly expensive energy. To save money, people should do a nightly sweep through the house to make sure all electric devices are turned off before going to bed. Even allowing an electronic device to stay plugged in can use energy without the device being on. Unplugging any unused device can save people a haul in the long run.
2. Set the water heater at 120 degrees.
Not only does heating your water too hot create the danger of scalding, it can cost cash. The EPA estimates that a heater set at 140 degrees or higher can waste $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses to keep water at that temperature, and more than $400 to bring fresh water up to that high temperature. To save even more money, people can turn their electric heaters off or turn their gas heaters down when they go on vacation.
3. Use reusable AC and furnace filters.
Many times people put off changing out the filter on their heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems because they didn’t want to buy a new filter. Waiting a long time to change the filter makes the HVAC system less efficient and costs more in electricity. Using a permanent filter saves money in the long run, cuts utility bills and prolongs the life of a heating and cooling system.
4. Seal cracks in the home.
When people add up the combined effect of all the small leaks in their homes, many times they feel the effect of leaving a window open all year long. To save money, homeowners can use inexpensive expanding foam or caulk available at a local hardware store to seal cracks in and around their windows, door frames, holes in walls where pests enter or exit the home, and around the basement wall where wood frames meet the foundation.
5. Buy a programmable thermostat.
Most people probably have had a frugal relative who enforces strict limits on how high or low the thermostat could be set. A programmable thermostat can play the role of the frugal relative in the home automatically. Based on a family’s schedule, such a thermostat can be programmed to automatically set the target temperature higher in the summer and lower in the winter. A programmable thermostat will help you save on heat and cooling.
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