In 2014 a report from the energy information administration shows that an average home spends a minimum of $114.09 monthly on electrical bills. That might not sound like a lot, but imagine compounding that amount for 5 years or even more.
A lot of people are looking for ways to save money for other important things, not for paying energy bills.
Of course, no one knows what the future of the economy will be like in the coming years. So, everyone is looking for ways to lower the amount of money they spend on bills.
In this article, we are going to highlight 5 simple and effective tips that can help you can reduce the amount of energy you use.
Before we dive right into these five tips, there is something you have to do first, it called an Energy Audit.
An energy audit involves analyzing all the appliances in your home and looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy each appliance use.
- Use a Thermostat
During the summer months, the temperature inside and outside your home is likely to be very uncomfortable. Using an air-condition to keep your home cool can be very expensive. A simple and important way you can save energy in the summer months is to use a Thermostat.
A thermostat can help in lowing your electrical bill by more than 45% because it prevents you from spending a small fortune on cooling your home. Another good thing about a thermostat is that they are easy to use and they give you the opportunity to set the temperature you want at a different time of the day.
- Upgrade to LEDs bulbs.
An average home spends nothing less than $75 yearly on lightening. But you can further reduce that amount by using LED light bulbs. The difference between LED bulbs and the traditional ones is that LED bulbs save 90% of the energy that traditional bulbs gives out as heat. Although, some led bulb can be fairly expensive, but they will save you a lot of money in the long run.
- Heating and cooling
To reduce the amount of money you spend on cooling your home during the hot summer months and heating your home during the winter season, you have to apply some of the tips below.
- Shade your window– The simple act of shading your window will reduce the temperature of your home, because curtains help to reduce heat on hot days and keep the heat in on a cold day.
- Seal up your chimney– Sealing up your chimney with a damper will prevent precious heat from escaping during the winter months.
- Use a tankless water heater-Using a great tankless water heater can save up to 35% more energy when compared to the traditional water heater with a tank.
- UN-plug your appliances when not in use.
A lot of energy is wasted when appliances such as DVD players, TV, toasters and many more are left on. The simple act of unplugging appliances that are not in use can save you up to 20% percent of the money you spend on electricity.
- Upgrade your appliances.
Old garget and appliances tend to consume a lot of energy. What you should do here is to slowly dispose and replace your old appliances.
Applying all the tips in this article will help you reduce the amount of money you spend on energy.