These days, everybody is looking for ways to save money here and there. And with the cost of energy being higher than ever, this is one of the main monthly expenses that renters and homeowners alike are looking to cut down on. So if you are tired of paying a ridiculous amount of money for your energy bills month after month, what steps can you take to cut down on your energy use and reduce your monthly expenses in the process? The good news is that doing so is a lot easier and a lot less painful than you might think.
For starters, consider making as simple of a change as turning down your thermostat a couple of degrees during the colder months of winter and turning it up a few degrees in the summer. Your body will quickly adjust to the slight difference in temperature, but those couple of degrees can mean significant savings on your next energy bill. Not to mention, your furnace and AC units will work less and your maintenance and repair costs will be smaller over time.
Another tip to consider trying is that of cleaning out or changing your furnace and/or air conditioning unit’s air filters. Over time, dirt, dust and debris can build up in the filters and cause the machinery to work harder than it should. This reduces energy efficiency and results in a higher bill for you.
Furthermore, if there are rooms or certain spaces of your home that go mostly unused, consider shutting off the vents to those areas while they are vacant. This will allow air to circulate better within the home, giving your furnace or AC unit a break and reducing the square footage of the space that it needs to heat or cool in the process. You would be surprised at how much money this could save you.
Another consideration to keep in mind as a way of cutting down on energy costs is that of better insulating your home. You can do this by placing draft guards around doors, windows and other drafty areas of your house. Furthermore, having energy-efficient windows and doors installed is a great way to keep warm air in during the winter and keep your home cool during warmer months of summer.
Finally, it is never a bad idea to do some research on energy rates (New York and other states’ residents can choose who supplies their energy) to find out if you could be saving money by using a different energy company. This is something that many homeowners do not even realize may be an option, but it can save you a significant amount of money if you find a cheaper energy company to switch to.
Overall, energy bills are sky high these days but there are steps you can take to improve the overall energy efficiency in your home and save some money in the process. Be sure to give some of these great tips a try!