Let’s face it - times are tough, and money is tight. Budgeting and saving money are now more important than ever. Planning ways to cut back and save can be a challenge, but lowering your energy bill is an easy and effective way to save money!
Here are a few tips on what you can do to make your home more energy efficient and keep your wallet happy:
1. Swap out your lightbulbs
According to energy.gov, switching out your old lightbulbs to energy-efficient lightbulbs could save you more than $75 a year. These power-saving lightbulbs include halogen incandescent, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). These typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and can last 3-25 times longer. Less energy and longer lasting? That’s a win, win!
2. Use smart power strips
Some electronics such as TVs, streaming devices, phone chargers, gaming consoles and any other appliances that have an LCD panel, light or clock, will continually consume energy from a wall socket even when the device isn’t turned on.
Smart power strips allow you to monitor, control and manage your devices anywhere, anytime. This is an effective way to save money and ensure the most efficient energy-saving practices. Most smart power strips include built-in surge protection to keep your electronics safe too!
3. Check seals on windows and doors
Did you know 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under insulated? Air leaks coming from your home’s windows, doors, and other openings are huge culprits of wasted energy, increasing your utility bill. Sealing air leaks around your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency in your home. You can save an average of 11% on total energy costs by making sure your home is properly sealed and insulated.
4. Give your thermostat a bump
Setting your thermostat down 7 to 10 degrees when you’re away from home can help with keeping your home energy efficient. Doing so for 8 hours a day will lower your energy bill by around 10%! Using a programmable thermostat will do the work for you here.
5. Look for the Energy Star label on products
Appliances that have an Energy Star product label are energy-efficient and are independently certified to meet strict standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They use less energy and save money on your electricity bill as well as help protect the environment by reducing emissions. Not only will you be saving yourself money, but you’ll be helping save the planet too!