How do you feel about paying 22% more on your energy bill this winter?
Millions of Americans mismanage their homes during peak times of energy use. They’re the ones losing 22%. Winter is coming — but we’ve found ten champion energy saver solutions to dig yourself out of a financial snow heap.
The best energy savers have one technique in common: conservation over time. There are plenty of ‘one-time fix’ solutions you can use.
Others take some habit-forming. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll put some money back in your pocket every day. You’ll do the environment a big favor while you’re at it.
10 Outstanding Energy Saver Solutions
According to Forbes, “Once you learn how to spot energy wasting problems around the house… You’ll rest well knowing your household is saving money and contributing to a better planet for us all.” The following ten energy saver solutions will get you there.
Take Control of Your Energy Usage
Who is in control of your heating — you or your thermostat?
According to U.S. News, you can save 5% on heating costs for every degree you drop your thermostat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range.
Unplugging appliances after use every day cuts down on energy. Turning off lights in empty rooms is another. As a skilled energy saver, you can develop good daily habits that keep costs low over time.
Plant Insulating Trees
In addition to looking nice, trees hold in warmth and block in sunlight. They also block wind during bitter cold winters. This environmental insulation will save you money year-round with practically no maintenance required.
You needn’t fuss with your thermostat as much either. Insulators help maintain a consistent temperature. Planting trees is good for the environment, too.
So that’s another feather in your cap.
Get Your House a Checkup
If you’ve never had a home energy assessment, consider getting one before winter. Most homes have at least a few money-wasting problems that go unnoticed.
One of the most common is leakage–places in your home where you’re losing heat. Aging appliances and systems can cost you as well, despite being costly to replace.
Manage Your Airflow
You may have more control over airflow than you realize. In addition to your wall console, you can close up heating vents in rooms where you don’t need heat
This diverts heat back to rooms where you need it. Be sure the temperature gauge isn’t in your closed-off rooms.
Another great tool is the ceiling fan. Ceiling fans that flow clockwise will push rising hot air back down to the floor where it can keep you warm. They can do the opposite in the summer when they run counterclockwise.
You can use your thermostat less when hot air stays where it needs to be. That is, warming you, your family, and your guests.
Seal the Building
You’re likely losing a lot of money because of air escaping your home. You can identify areas by feeling for cold air in the winter
You can try to seal them off using insulating tape. However, you will achieve much better energy efficiency if you call a professional.
They will identify every money-saving opportunity. They will also provide the best solutions at prices you can make up for with savings.
Keep Water Temperatures Low
Heating your water makes up an astonishing 14% – 25% of energy consumed in your home. By simply reducing your water temperature to 120-degrees, homeowners and renters save hundreds of dollars over the course of the winter.
It’s hard to go without a long, hot shower when it’s freezing outside. But limiting the quantity of hot water you use can save you in the double-digits.
If you’re a real energy saver, have your water heater inspected to see if it’s in need of repair or replacement. A properly working water heater will save you swaths of money as well.
Use Natural Heat, If Possible
Keep your fireplace or furnace cleaned and properly maintained. If you have a chimney, have it professionally cleaned before winter begins.
Traditional fireplaces are known to remove warm air from other rooms when in use. They can also transfer heat from the home into the chimney. Modern designs are more efficient.
But either can be used to give your thermostat–and your wallet–a short reprieve. Just make sure the damper is always closed when not in use.
Remove the Need for Heat
Surely you have some sweaters. If you want to cut costs once a week, choose a day when you wear warmer clothing and turn down the thermostat.
Or, turn it down and leave the house for an extended period of time. If nobody is home while you’re at work, turn everything off.
You may need to leave your jacket on for a few minutes when you return. For a real energy saver, it’s a small price to pay.
Be Holiday Smart
The holidays are pique energy times for Americans. This season, purchase the energy efficient lights for decorating.
Many families leave these lights on throughout the night. Efficient bulbs can cost more, but the savings will outweigh the investment.
Perhaps you’re traveling. Leave only the outdoor lights on if you want your home to remain festive for the neighbors.
Take It from the Pros
There are countless DIY or ‘hacks’ you can perform for yourself to save on power. Nothing beats a professional evaluation.
Heating and cooling technicians can locate savings opportunities in seconds flat. They can also give you an estimate as to how much you’ll save over time.
Some of the systems and services they provide are:
- water heaters
- heat pumps
- backup generators
- geothermal heat
Once you’ve had your home serviced to perfection, keep in mind these everyday tips. By the start of spring, you will hit record savings versus previous years.
Remember, your energy use is in your hands!
Let’s Do It!
Ready to be a champion energy saver? Contact Masters Heating & Cooling and we’ll get you started.
We’ve got your future savings and comfort in mind, so don’t miss out on this investment!