Here are a couple of home energy efficiency tips for your home not just for winter or summer but for all year-round! This should help you save a lot from your utility bills. These tips will not also help you save money but you are actually saving energy and doing your part for the environment!
Home Energy Efficiency Tips for Winter
- Set your thermostat to 68°F during the day and 60°F at night. This should allow you to save at least 3% on your heating costs during winter.
- Install a window kit to the inside of your windows so that no cold air will come in and no warm air will go out.
- Change the filters of your heating system at a regular basis. A well-maintained heating system can save money and increase the comfort level in your home.
- Make sure your furnace is airtight because you may be losing more heat than you are generating.
- Check all the ductwork in your home for any air leakage if you want to save up to 10% on your heating costs. If you found any leakage be sure to use a silver metal duct tape to seal it – or better yet, call a professional to do it.
Home Energy Efficiency Tips for Summer
- Check the air filter of your AC unit on a regular basis. A clean air filter will improve the unit’s efficiency and save both energy and money.
- Your thermostat should be set to a comfortable level (~76°F.) 76°F should be comfortable enough for you and your family as it is the most energy-efficient indoor temperature.
- Get a professional to look at your AC unit just to make sure that it works properly and there are no issues with it.
- Don’t forget to ensure your windows and the doors are closed every time you turn on your AC.
- Make sure that your TV, lamps or other appliances are not close to your AC thermostat as it may cause for your air conditioner to cool the room more than is needed.
- Be sure that there are no object or furniture blocking the ducts and fans of your cooling system so the cool air can circulate freely and properly.
Home Energy Efficiency Tips All Year-Round
- Did you know that a water heater has the third highest energy expense in most homes? If you have a water heater at home be sure to set its water temperature to 130°F instead of 140°F to save a couple of dollars each month.
- Use a microwave to cook meals instead of an oven to save energy. This not only saves energy from the use of the oven itself but in cooling the house after baking.
- Wash your clothes in cold water and you will save at least $50 per year.
- Another way to save energy in the laundry room is to put a dry towel in the dryer with each load of wet clothes. The towel will absorb dampness and reduce drying time, saving energy and money.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent and/or LED bulbs. Besides saving energy, you will also save money in the long run, since the life spans of these bulbs is substantially longer.
- If you have a crawl space, inspect it regularly to ensure that the insulation inside is dry. When insulation gets wet, it isn’t as effective. Be sure to find the source of the moisture and replace any damaged insulation.
- Vacuum the coils on your refrigerator at least every three months. The dirt buildup makes the refrigerator work harder to keep the contents cool and therefore uses more energy.