These seven, simple steps can help reduce the amount you spend on water, heating, and electricity bills; helping you save up for that kitchen remodel you’ve been dreaming of:
1. Install motion light sensors:
Automatic systems conserve energy when you don’t need it. Consider adding a motion light to your front door or driveway so it automatically turns on when you or a guest pulls up. Exterior motion lights are also great for deterring unwanted guests!
2. Unplug appliances when not in use:
The Department of Energy claims appliances can still drain energy when they are turned off and left plugged in. You can read more about that here, and find a list of common appliances you should unplug when not in use.
3. Use less heat around your home:
Lower the base temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees, wash your clothes with a cold or warm water cycle, and stop using the heated drying cycle on your dishwasher to save some cash. Also consider programming your thermostat to a few degrees lower while the house is empty during the day or while everyone is sleeping
4. Stop messing with the thermostat:
Speaking of thermostats, set a programmable schedule and stick with it. Frequent changes to your thermostat will quickly wreak havoc on your energy bills. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider having one installed!
5. Install a tank-less water heater:
Don’t let the upfront cost of a tank-less water heater scare you, they save an average of $100 a year over a traditional water heater, typically have a more compact design, have a longer lifespan, and better warranties.
6. Repair or replace your exterior doors:
Your exterior doors are a source of heating and cooling loss. Consider replacing any older exterior doors around your home and frequently check the weather stripping and caulking to ensure it’s properly sealing your home.
7. Upgrade your HVAC equipment:
Before upgrading, check the qualified list of Energy Star replacements to take advantage of any tax rebates and incentives. Also keep in mind HVAC systems lose efficiency after 10-years.