How to Save on Energy Bills in the Heat
Check out these ideas to cut your home's energy bill with easy fixes and long-term solutions to save more and use less.
You have to pay your utility bills no matter what they are (and what the temperature is outside) but a few easy steps can help you trim your energy consumption. Consider some of these energy saving tips for your home that may help you save more and use less.
Easy fixes to trim your energy bills
- Get an energy audit or assessment: Your utility company typically offers these free, and they'll visit you in your home to help identify key areas to upgrade to save energy. They may suggest boosts in under- or uninsulated areas, as well as offer suggestions on a new HVAC system, too.
- Swap out your light bulbs: Simply replacing standard light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs can help save you money on your energy bill, and they last much longer!
- Plant some shade: Position new trees on the north and the west to block the coldest winds and summer's most punishing rays. In addition, plant new trees to shade HVAC units to reduce air conditioning costs.
- Replace inefficient house systems: New dishwashers consume about half the water as those from the 1990s, and efficient laundry appliances may trim your energy bill by about 25%. A programmable thermostat can also save on utility bills by setting the temperature to different levels at certain times of the day, such as when you're away from home.