If you are like many people, you notice your energy bill continues to climb each year. When this is the case, it’s time to look at some ways you can make your home more energy-efficient. Fortunately, there are many easy ways you can accomplish this on your own. If you’re ready to keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket, take these steps to create a home that emphasizes energy efficiency.
Turn Down Your Thermostat
If you start by simply turning down your home’s thermostat when you are at work or elsewhere, the money you save will be more than you imagined. As an example, if you lower your home’s temperature by up to 10 degrees when you are not there, you may be able to reduce your energy bill by nearly 15 percent per year.
Replace Your Incandescent Bulbs
Though manufacturers stopped making incandescent bulbs several years ago, chances are you still have plenty of them in use throughout your home. If so, replace them with energy-efficient LED lighting. Incredibly-energy efficient and made to last for decades if used in a normal manner, LED lights will help you lower your energy bill and find yourself buying light bulbs far less often.
Seal Around Your Windows
When cold air gets into your home or warm air escapes, it is often around windows that are not properly sealed. Therefore, take some time to examine your home’s windows for any air leaks. When you find them, seal any gaps or cracks with caulking, spray-foam insulation, or other related materials. If you have an older home that feels especially drafty on cold days, also consider using weatherstripping around the frames as a layer of additional protection.
Limit Your Use of Space Heaters
Though having an electric space heater near your desk or bed can keep you and the area around you a bit warmer, those 1,500-watt heaters are draining your energy bill more than you know. Though you may have to sacrifice a bit of comfort now and then, setting aside the space heaters in favor of a few more blankets or layered clothing can increase your energy efficiency.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
When you install a low-flow showerhead, you’ll instantly go from using more than five gallons of water per minute during your shower to less than three gallons per minute, making those few dollars you’ll spend for the showerhead well worth the cost.
By putting these tips into practice as well as others such as limiting the use of hot water and unplugging chargers when they are not being used, you’ll make quite a dent in your home’s energy bill.