Today is national Cut Your Energy Costs Day, which brings awareness to and encourages making changes that can save money on energy bills and reduce excessive power usage. We’ve compiled a list of ideas below.
- Turn down the thermostat when no one is home. Getting a smart thermostat can also help make regulating the temperature easier whether you’re in or out of the house.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances. According to Energy Star, some products can pay back hundreds of dollars in energy savings. Replacing windows and furnaces for energy-efficient counterparts is also a way to reduce energy usage and save on costs in the long term as it helps prevent HVAC systems from doing the bulk of the work.
- Add solar panels. Solar panels may be an investment but they reduce electricity bills in the long run. In 2019, there is a 30% federal tax credit on newly installed solar panel systems. Since the percentage benefit will gradually decrease in upcoming years, the best time to invest may be now.
- Unplug what’s not in use. Unplugging appliances and switching off power strips not in use can reduce the amount of energy used by devices that aren’t on but always plugged in.
- Insulate. Insulating helps to slow down hot hair from coming in during the summer and to keep cold air from coming in during winter. It reduces relying on the power of HVAC systems to regulate indoor temperatures.
- Replace the old. Replacing under-performing systems is another investment that will help cut down utility bills moving forward. Regularly replacing filters can help prevent appliances from overworking and breaking down.
- Install a zoning system for your HVAC. A zoning system will allow you to control the temperatures in different areas of your home by using individual thermostats for each area so you can minimize using energy where it’s not needed.
- Landscaping. Placing trees and sheds in areas that shade the parts of the house that heat up the most or to block out wind may limit the usage of HVAC systems.
- Showers. Take shorter showers and replace old shower heads to reduce the rate of the water flow.
- Lights. Shut off lights when leaving a room and invest in energy-efficient light bulbs such as CFLs and LEDs in lieu of traditional incandescent light bulbs. Installing smart home lights can make controlling lights in the house more convenient.
Share with us your tips on saving energy and raise awareness for cutting down on energy costs.