Posted on: 30 May 2017
If your home's electric bills seem to be growing every year and are really starting to pinch your budget, then you will be pleased to learn that there are many simple ways you can stop this trend. By making your home more energy efficient, you can drastically lower your monthly power bills and help save the environment at the same time. To this end, here are some easy ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home:
Insulate Your Water Heater or Go Tankless
Your hot water heater is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home. To lower the amount of power required to keep the water hot in the heater's tank, you should wrap the tank with an insulating blanket. Water heater insulating blankets are available at your local hardware store and are very inexpensive. To save further, consider lowering the thermostat on your water heater and installing a tankless water heater when your existing water heater needs replacement.
Use Cold Water When You Wash Clothes
With the high-quality detergents of today, you can wash your clothing in cold water and it will get just as clean as if you washed it in hot water. Washing your clothing in cold water will both lower your power bills and make your clothing last longer. When you switch your washer to cold, also clean out the lint from your dryer at the same time. A dryer with a clean vent works better and will also save electricity.
Make Sure All New Appliances You Purchase are Rated as Energy Star Compliant
Each time you replace a household appliance, you should purchase one that is rated as Energy Star compliant. Energy Star compliant appliances meet the government's qualifications for energy savings over other appliances of the same type. You can find more information on the government's Energy Star program on their website here.
Pick a Reasonable Indoor Temperature for Each Season and Then Stick to It
If you use a lot of power for heating and cooling your home, then using a programmable thermostat can help. Additionally, you need to pick a reasonable indoor temperature and then stick to it. If you keep turning up and down the thermostat, then this wastes power and runs up your bill. For further savings, service your HVAC system yearly and change its filter every month.
Enlist the Help of a Licensed Electrician
Finally, to save the most energy each year, you should have your home inspected by a licensed electrical contractor. The electrician can test the wiring in your home and make sure that everything is working properly. In addition, they can show you additional ways you can save money on your monthly electric bills.
For more tips on home energy management, consider an energy audit.Share