Saving energy is great no matter what time of the year it is, so why not start out the year saving money and living more comfortably? If one of your resolutions for 2013 is to reduce your energy bills, keep reading—we’ve got some easy tips we want to share with you.
How to Save Energy (And Money)
Insulation, of course, is one of the best ways to help increase the energy efficiency of your home and save money. This isn’t the only way, however—there are actually a lot of other things you can do to cut down on your energy bills and save money at home!
Cut back on electricity. We know you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s important enough to say again! Cutting back on electricity is one of the easiest ways to save on your energy bills—and it’s completely free! It’s as simple as turning off lights when you leave a room, shutting off your computer when you’re not using it for more than 20 or 30 minutes (and turning off the monitor), as well as turning off power strips. Remember, power is still being used when your electronics are in standby mode—this is referred to as vampire energy.
Do full loads only. This means everything—the dishwasher and clothes washer. Wait to run the dishwasher and do your laundry until you have full loads. This can save a lot of hot water. Another great way to save water is by taking showers instead of baths.
Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats, which can automatically adjust to more energy-efficient settings when you aren’t home, have become incredibly popular over the last few years. They generally cost between $30 and $100 and can save you up to 15 or 20 percent a year on your energy bills.
Change your AC and furnace filters regularly. When your air conditioner and furnace filters are dirty, not only do these units use more energy but they are also at a higher risk of breaking down. It’s recommended that you change your air filters every one to three months. You can get a pack of new filters at your local hardware store at a very affordable price.
Use fans when you can. Some people don’t even know that you can—and should—turn ceiling fans the opposite direction when the season changes! Running your fans counterclockwise in the summer helps spread air around, which makes you feel cooler and allows you to set your thermostat a little higher (helping you save money). Running your fans clockwise in the winter pushes warm air up to the ceiling and back down the walls, which helps make you feel warmer.
Buy CFL bulbs. If you haven’t already, you may want to think about replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. CFL bulbs can help you cut down on your energy bills by as much as 50 percent!
Helping You with Your Home Energy Efficiency
Tidewater Insulators offers energy auditing and air sealing as part of our Comfort Home Program—and we also offer insulation installation. Although more expensive than some of the tips we’ve listed above, insulation truly pays for itself in the long run.
Contact us today to learn more about ways to save energy and cut down on your energy bills—and feel free to explore our website and learn more about insulation, energy audits, air sealing and more.