Although summer is coming to a close, you might still be breaking a sweat over your home energy bills. Worrying about monthly costs can wear you down.
Here are four easy and effective ways to save money on your home energy bills:
- Turn items off when they are not in use.
This seems simple—because it is! Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Shut down computers, monitors, TVs, and all entertainment systems when they’re not in use. To make it even easier, use power strips and simply hit the switch when you’re finished. You’ll be surprised at how much you save—it might be as much as 10% of your electric bill.
- Monitor your water usage.
To get the most out of your water, only wash full loads of dishes and laundry. Another great way to save energy is to air-dry clothes and dishes. You can also take short showers instead of baths—and install a low-flow showerhead to save additional energy and money.
- Keep windows and doors closed when heating/cooling your home.
To avoid overworking your HVAC unit, be sure to seal all areas where air could leak. Another long-term option is to invest in a geothermal HVAC unit, which can save you around $1,000 per year. A traditional HVAC will generally last 10 to 15 years, but a geothermal system will save you money and benefit the environment for 20 to 25 years!
- Watch your water heater.
Water heating is the second-largest energy expense in the home. Be sure to regulate your thermometer to around 120°F and insulate the heater for further energy savings. Since a water heater is typically responsible for around 18% of your utility bill, if yours is not cost-efficient, it is worth the investment to purchase a new model and begin saving money.
By following these four basic tips, you can begin to cut your monthly costs and use your money elsewhere. Don’t sweat your utility bills all the way through the winter—start saving today. If you have questions about the best systems and products for your home, reach out to us at Synergy Services. We’re happy to walk you through the process of making more energy-efficient decisions.