4 Keys to Saving Big on Home Energy Costs
Everybody likes to save money, but sometimes, there are ways it can be done that many of us just may not be aware of. Like clipping coupons, lowering home energy costs is a great way to start; except that unlike coupons, it doesn’t limit you to buying things you probably didn’t need in the first place.
We all require energy to run our homes, it’s a cost of living we pay regardless—so why not explore some ways to save money in this area?
Make Sure All of Your Appliances Are Being Properly Maintained
Whether it be something as simple as cleaning out the lint trap of the dryer after every use (it sucks up more electricity if the lint trap is full while running) or opening south-facing window blinds in the daytime to let the sun bring in some warmth during the winter, every little thing counts.
But one of the most important appliances in your home—especially during the winter—is the furnace. If your furnace is damaged or dirty in any way, it not only can have a negative effect on its performance, but it will also cost you more money to have it on.
As we approach the colder months this season, consider having your furnace looked at by a professional to determine everything is in good shape. It will save you money in the long run.
Invest in Appliances that Use Less Energy
Appliances today are designed to consume less energy than ever before, so if you have a clunky old refrigerator or washing machine that just won’t quit, you might do your energy bill a favor by swapping it out for something new.
Most appliance stores will also be able to tell you about Energy Star-certified appliances. With the exception of stoves and dryers because they still consume large amounts of electricity, the majority of new dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines not only cost less to run in your home, but you may even get a tax break for using them if they are Energy Star-certified.
Unplug Wall Chargers When You Aren’t Using Them
This includes phone chargers, laptop/tablet chargers, chargers to children’s toys, and even blow dryers and hair straighteners.
Even if the device isn’t on, it is still consuming what is sometimes referred to as “vampire energy.” This is a quick and easy step to take if you’re serious about saving on energy costs.
Seal All Openings in Your Home
Just as with the furnace, you should always make sure your thermostat is updated. But if there are pockets of air where heat can escape around your doors and windows, appliances will only do so much.
Be vigilant about maintaining your home! Check the attic and the basement, where drafts are most common.
Making your home as energy efficient as possible is a great way to save money long term. Don’t miss out on these easily overlooked efficiency solutions.
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