7 Ways to Save on Energy Costs at Home

Are you searching for ways to make your home more energy-efficient without breaking the bank? There are plenty of easy and cheap solutions available. Even making minor changes can make a huge difference in your energy bill.  

Whether you own a home, rent a home, or want to be more environmentally friendly, these tips will help you use less energy. 

1. Use power strips to easily turn off non-essential devices.

Unplug devices when not in use. While certain items such as microwaves and WiFi routers can cause inconvenience when unplugged, other appliances like coffee machines or gaming consoles can easily be disconnected between uses. Lights, computers, TVs, and kitchen gadgets can also be unplugged when not in use without causing much inconvenience.

2. Seal windows and doors to block drafts.

Want to ensure your air conditioning system is running at its best? Make sure you properly insulate your home! Apply stick-on weatherstripping or caulk around doors and windows for reliable insulation, and save hundreds of dollars in energy costs. It's a small step that makes a big difference! 

  • Tip: Sealing windows can also extend their life and make it easier to sell your home.

3. Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lighting.

Switching to LED light bulbs can save you up to 75% in lighting costs! Not only are conventional bulbs more costly, but they also generate far more heat - making it more difficult to cool down during the summer. Upgrade your lighting today to enjoy a less burdensome energy bill.

4. Use room darkening and insulating shades.

Shut out the sun in unused rooms with insulating shades to save on cooling costs in the summer months. Cutting out direct sun can keep a house cooler. LIkewise, the same insulating shades in the winter can soften the blow of window drafts. 

5. Use energy-saving modes for devices and appliances. 

Energy-saving modes combine convenience with money sense. They keep your devices on an ultra-low-wattage mode or opt for a method that uses less energy. Most modern appliances have operational modes to use less energy, like "eco mode" or "air dry." Try them out when you aren't pressed for time!

6. Change your HVAC filters monthly.

Maintaining your HVAC can lower energy bills by up to 15% per year. Heating and cooling experts recommend changing your filters once a month to reduce the strain on your HVAC.

7. Use a programmable thermostat to save energy.

Programmable thermostats can reduce energy use, especially if you are out of your house often. Strategically set temperatures for different times and days of the week to use heating and cooling when actually necessary. This also ensures that your heating and cooling system won't work as hard as it needs to.

Whether you own an energy-efficient new construction home or rehab an old home, these tips can keep you extra mindful about how you spend energy at home.

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