The cost of living is rising and people are looking for ways to save money. One way to save money is on utility bills. Here are a few tips to help reduce utility consumption and costs.
Keep Air Vents Open & Clear
According to the Department of Energy, when air vents are closed or blocked, the furnace and air conditioner must work harder to distribute air throughout the home. Opening all vents will, therefore, increase air flow. Also, avoid placing large pieces of furniture in front of vents since they block air flow as well. https://www.consumerreports.org/energy-efficiency/why-new-major-appliances-use-less-energy/.
Switch to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
The most energy-efficient light bulbs are compact fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs. These bulbs use less energy, are better for the environment and tend to last longer than traditional bulbs.
Change Air Filters Regularly
The furnace and air conditioner have filters to keep dirt and dust from being recycled into the air throughout the home. Experts recommend changing filters every 60 – 90 days. A dirty filter costs more money to run and makes the furnace or air conditioner work harder. Air quality also suffers with a dirty filter.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
With a programmable thermostat you can set times for the air conditioning or heat to turn on according to your schedule. When you are away from your home, schedule the thermostat to turn down the heat to save money and gradually increase temperatures for your arrival.
Seal Air Leaks Around Doors & Windows
Check for air leaks around doors and windows by looking for damaged weather stripping and caulk. Both only last for a couple of years so you should do this routinely to keep the hot air out and the cool air inside. https://energy.gov/energysaver/weatherize/air-sealing-your-home.
Turn Off Lights & Appliances
This money saving tip may seem obvious, but is often ignored. Get into the habit of turning off lights and appliances when you are not using them. Electronics that are plugged in but not being used still continue to use energy just by remaining connected to the outlet. This includes cell phone chargers.
Following these tips may help you to save money on utility bills and if you are looking for an energy efficient property in the Carmel, Indiana area, The Albrecht Team would be happy to assist. We can be reached at 317-580-9955 or https://www.keithshomes.com/.