How to Make Your Home More Efficient
Do you know what you are paying for when you pay your electric bill every month? Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy, the majority of utility bills are from energy used in heating and cooling the home. Lighting, cooking and other appliances make up for almost 1/3 of your utility bill. And water heating and energy used by other electronics and appliances make up for the rest of your utility bill. There are approaches you can take to lower your monthly bills and have a more energy and cost-efficient home.
Be smarter with your water use
Simple things like turning your faucet off when you are brushing your teeth will save you money. Investing in a low flow showerhead will greatly decrease the amount of water used when you take a shower. When it comes to washing your clothes, a good to lower your electricity bill is try using cold water as opposed to hot, unless you are dealing with oily stains or extremely soiled clothes. Switching your temperature settings from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.
Turn off lights and fans
When you aren’t in the room, always make sure you are shutting off the lights and ceiling fans. Not shutting them off can rack up your electric bill. Installing timer or motion sensors lights in rooms will help reduce the amount of time your lights are on in your home.
Unplug unused chargers and electronics
Unplugging chargers when they aren’t in use will save you money in the long run. This includes cell phone and laptop chargers and even blow dryers. Even consider unplugging your computer monitor and printer during unused extended periods of time.
Replace old or run-down appliances
If your appliances are up there in age, it may be time to invest in new ones. When shopping for a new appliance, keep your eye out for the Energy Star label. These specific appliances have U.S. EPA and Department of Energy approval for being the most energy-efficient products. For example, a refrigerator with an Energy Star label will save you anywhere between $35 to $75 a year compared to older models.