Energy bills take up a lot of your time and money, which defeats the purpose of energy utilities. Energy utilities should provide comfort to you in your home and keep your home functional. (Not to mention, keep your home cozy.) But, the expenses to maintain and repair your energy utilities could make you extremely uncomfortable. It could be too expensive and it would ruin a lot of things if it were broken. (Broken refrigerator means spoiled food and broken heater means freezing floors.) In order to avoid that particular conundrum, you should consider using these energy tips to help you save money.
How Much Energy Do You Use and How Can You Change That?
According to the Department of Energy, “113 million residences in America today collectively use an estimated 22% of the country’s energy.” It might not sound like a lot, but it is, considering that most of the energy used is wasted. Wasting energy that you pay for every month is a counterintuitive aspect that could leave you hunched over with a calculator every couple of months. (Not to mention that it makes you very sad.) That is why this article might actually change your life, in more ways than one. You can save up to 25% of your energy bills each month; all you have to do is stay consistent with these tips.
Turn Off All Of the Appliances You Are Not Using
Let’s say that you are done with work or watching a movie on your laptop and you decide to turn in for the night. The next morning, you find that your laptop is still in the same place and it is still charging and plugged in. You might have just shrugged and pulled the plug, but the damage is done. The energy bill will increase because you forgot to pull the plug. On a wider scale, you should consider turning off all of the appliances that you are not using. This will significantly reduce your energy bill and you are not wasting energy on appliances you have not used in months.
Install a Smart Thermostat and Keep It Down
You should consider installing a smart thermostat, since it is more energy efficient for your home. A smart thermostat will only heat the rooms that you are using and disregard the rooms that you have not used in a while. With a smart thermostat, you will find that it will learn your habits and it will adjust accordingly. You can also control the thermostat with your phone. This means you will not have to go back to a cold home. Additionally, if you keep your heating down by just one or two degrees, then you can actually save a lot of money.
Be Smarter About Water Management
One thing that most homeowners disregard is water management. Efficient water management is a safe solution for you, your home, and for the environment. If you have the heart for it, then you should stop using running water. You can always wash up in a bowl or use a water-efficient shower head. Additionally, you can fit a shower timer in your bathroom, which will significantly reduce your water bill. That way you will not have a problem with wasting water and you will be using the amount you paid for.
Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
It would make no sense whatsoever that you throw out a fully-functional appliance, but maybe it is time for you to swap your old appliances with a new one. You should consider buying a high energy-efficient appliance that you might need. This will reduce your annual energy bill and you have new appliances in your new home. It might cost you a bit more from your budget, but you can always make up for it with the reduced energy cost. You should think about it, since appliances are investments for your home.
Clean and\or Replace Air Filters in Your HVAC System
You should make sure to keep a strict schedule to perform maintenance on your Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. Considering that you use different HVAC systems based on the season, you should think about performing checkups on your HVAC system each season. But, filters need to be checked once a month. If your filters are dirty, then you should change them. Since unclean filters reduce your HVAC’s lifespan. In the end, you will not lose any time or energy, if you change the air filters in your HVAC system. You will only save money, because your HVAC system will not work twice as hard anymore.
Monitor Your Usage
The easiest and best thing to do to make sure you save money on your energy is monitoring your usage. You will not know if you are using too much energy until you know your consumption levels. Your consumption levels will help you decide if you need to change your ways of energy consumption. If you are not sure how to do that, then you can always install a Smart Meter. A Smart Meter will inform you on your consumption and let you accurately track it.
In conclusion, you should consider how to save money on a monthly basis through your energy consumption. To save money, you can always turn off any appliances that you do not use and buy energy-efficient appliances that do not take too much energy. Also, you can be efficient about water management and clean out your air filters of your HVAC system. Installing a smart thermostat is not a bad idea, either. A smart thermostat will only heat the rooms you are staying in. (Maybe, you should consider dropping your thermostat by a degree or two.)
Before you decide to do anything about your energy, you should find out your consumption level and monitor your usage. If you find that you are using too much energy, then you should change your ways in energy consumption.