Energy saving is at the forefront of every homeowners mind. Yet many homeowners don’t take advantage of simple solutions to reduce their energy bills. Take a survey conducted by Save-On-Energy as an example. They revealed that nearly 50 percent of homeowners have not replaced their regular light bulbs with energy saving bulbs. This simple measure can save a homeowner more than $180 a year on electric bills.
As in the case with switching to energy saving bulbs, cutting your electric and other energy bills doesn’t have to require a lot of time, energy or money on your part. In fact, most of the following recommendations are easy to implement and costs just a few dollars. These free and easy lifestyle changes can add up and help you save a significant amount of money over the long run.
Close Off Cracks In Windows And Doors
You can save as much as $200 a year by closing off cracks around windows and doors. A lousy seal around your windows and doors means heat is escaping your home causing you to spend more on heating.
Inspect doors and windows for air leaks. If you see light entering around a window or door it means that you have a leak. You can seal these leaks by weather-stripping or caulking them. Also, inspect your storm doors and windows to make sure that they are in good shape.
Install A Smart Thermostat
A good thermostat can help you save money on both cooling and heating costs. A smart thermostat saves you more than just money though. It also allows you to regulate the comfort of your home. Some smart thermostats will allow you to select a temperature for each room in your home, meaning you could save by making rooms that get heat from lighting cooler than other rooms.
You can also set up most programmable thermostats to stay at various temperatures during different times of the day. You can control most smart thermostats with your smartphone. The best part is that you don’t have to be handy to install a thermostat. Most people can install a smart thermostat in less than an hour.
Set Your Washer Temperature on Cold
If you are washing clothes in hot water, you’re wasting money. Newer laundry detergents no longer need hot water to get the job done. Even though this is the case many people still wash their clothes in hot water. According to Consumer Reports, some laundry detergent work worse in hot water. You can cut your energy usage per load in half by using warm or cold water to do your laundry.