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The Secrets to Low Energy Bills

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Does your energy bill seem to increase month-over-month? With rising costs, it’s tricky to keep those rising bills down. You can make some small simple changes that will help you lower your daily energy consumption.

Check out these energy-saving tips, and you might be pleasantly surprised by lower energy bills in the near future.

Get an Energy Audit

An energy audit is where a qualified professional checks your house and tells you what needs fixing, adjusting, or replacing to lower your energy consumption.

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If you live in an older house, an energy audit can help you find out where energy is being wasted due to wear and tear and other reasons. The auditor will check things like insulation levels, airflow, and window placement and more.

But even if your house is a new build, an energy audit is still a good idea. It will help you find out if there are any problems with your current setup that need to be fixed.

Moreover, an energy audit may help you get a better price if you’re planning to sell your home. A home with low energy costs is more appealing to potential buyers who can verify the home’s utility history.

Make Sure Your Home is Insulated

Insulation helps keep the heat in when it’s cold outside and the cool air in when it’s hot. When you have good insulation, your house stays at a more consistent temperature. This makes it easier on your heating and cooling system and saves you money on energy bills.

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Not sure which insulation you need? Ask a professional whether you want fiberglass, cellulose, or foam. They will help you choose the best insulation to suit your needs and budget.

Insulate Your Water Heater

Heating water accounts for about half of the energy used in your home, so it makes sense to insulate your water heater properly.

The first step is ensuring your water heater operates at its maximum efficiency. You can do this by having it inspected by a professional once a year and making their recommended adjustments to improve its performance.

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If your home has an older water heater that doesn’t have insulation, you’ll need to install it. There are two types you can use: a foam or fiberglass blanket. Both are great options, but fiberglass blankets are easier to install because they’re less bulky and don’t add much weight to the tank.

Use Appliances During Off-Peak Hours

Another easy way to reduce your energy bills is to use your appliances during off-peak hours. This is because electricity costs less at night and on the weekends. Utility companies charge more for electricity during peak hours because there’s higher demand. It’s a good idea to confirm what the off-peak hours are with your utility companies.

 

Change Your Air Filter

It’s easy to forget that changing your air filter regularly is essential to lowering energy bills. Your air conditioner uses energy to cool your home. A dirty air filter can cause dust and other particles to get into the cooling coil, causing it to work harder than it needs to. And that means higher energy bills for you!

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Not only do dirty filters make your HVAC system work harder, but they can also cause it to break down sooner. Replacing filters regularly during HVAC maintenance  can prevent unexpected repair bills.

Lower the Settings on Your Thermostat

One simple way to save money on your energy bills is to lower the settings on your thermostat. For example, lowering your thermostat can save you up to 10% on your energy bills.

If you’re worried about being cold, you can invest in a few extra blankets or a heated throw for those chilly nights.

Landscape for Shade

Landscaping with trees, bushes, and other plants is a great way to save money on your energy bills. This is because trees provide shade on hot summer days, meaning you can reduce your air-conditioning usage. Equally, in winter, trees offer some protection from the elements.

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Replace Your Showerhead

Many people don’t realize that their shower heads can be a major energy absorber. The average showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute. 25 gallons for a 10-minute shower! That’s a lot of water, and the more water you use, the higher your utility bills will be.

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Use LED Light Bulbs

LEDs use significantly less power than other types of bulbs, which can help you save money on your electricity bill. LEDs are also more durable and emit less heat, making them safer for use in certain environments.

Make Sure to get HVAC Maintenance and Tune-Ups

If your home’s heating and cooling systems aren’t running at peak efficiency, you could be wasting money on monthly utility bills.

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A HVAC professional will perform in-depth point inspection of your unit and provide recommendations that will help to lower your monthly energy costs. Tune-ups also prevent costly repairs later down the line by spotting problems before they worsen.

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