10 Tips to Help You Save on Energy Bills

Incorporating more energy efficient practices and products into your home can dramatically help reduce your energy bills, benefiting both your wallet and the environment. Here are some ways to get started!

  1. Turn off electronics and appliances when not in use.
    1. Obviously there are some things that need to stay plugged in all the time, such as the refrigerator and clocks. But the majority of the things in your home are not used all the time, such as chargers, hair dryers and electronics. For these items, it helps to plug them into power strips that are easy to switch on and off.
  2. Use more energy efficient appliances.
    1. Old and outdated appliances use up a huge amount of energy! By simply opting for Energy Star appliances or others similar, you will cut down on your energy usage dramatically.
  3. Change your light bulbs
    1. CFLs are a must. They use only a fraction of the energy of normal light bulbs and save you about $30 throughout their lifespan.
  4. Install a programmable thermostat
    1. Installing a programmable or “smart” thermostat such as the ones created by Nest can have a larger effect on your energy bills than you might think. It is shown that half of your home’s energy usage is controlled by your thermostat. As Nest points out on their website, that’s more than appliances, lighting, TVs, computers and stereos COMBINED!
  5. Use fans for cooling
    1. Instead of running the air conditioner all day, try using ceiling fans to cool the house or opening windows during cooler hours of the day to generate cross ventilation.
  6. Weather stripping
    1. Use weather stripping to make sure doors and windows are properly sealed and there are no leaks.
  7. Wash only when full
    1. Instead of doing small loads of laundry or dishes, wait until you have a full load.
  8. It’s good to have leftovers
    1. Make extra food when you’re cooking meals. That way you can enjoy a few days of no-cook or low-cooking meals.
  9. Check the windows
    1. Replace your single pane windows with more energy efficient windows. These windows should have double-pane insulated glass, heat-resistant glass coating, airtight frames and Energy Star rating. Although quite costly, installing these types of windows can reduce energy bills by up to 24%. If energy efficient windows are not in your budget, solar control window film is a good alternative. The film is easy to apply, reduces the energy bill, and blocks harmful ultraviolet rays, which can fade your home décor.
  10. Improve your insulation
    1. By improving your home’s insulation, you can maintain a constant temperature in the home and between rooms. This ultimately lowers utility bills by using less heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.