Ways to Cut Energy Costs
A cartoon house illustrating home energy savings.
Energy bills can easily skyrocket in the winter and summer months. With just a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle, you can alter your energy costs around the house and save your hard earned money. Here are a few tips you can implement to cut costs and be more energy efficient.
Unplug the Electronics and Appliances
When you’re not actively using an appliance, unplug it. You’re saving energy by keeping that toaster or coffee machine unplugged. The same principle applies to power strips with your home entertainment systems. You might think that your television and stereo are turned off, but in truth they’re consuming energy to be on standby while plugged in.
Control the Thermostat
You might be tempted to boost up the heat when it is chilly or crank the air conditioning when it is blazing hot, but now is the time to practice self-control. During the winter, keep the thermostat at a reasonable 68 degrees and in the summer set it to a balanced 78 degrees. By keeping consistent with your thermostat, you can avoid those spikes that bulk up your energy bill.
Doors and Windows
Replacing your standard windows and doors with Energy Star impact resistant ones, can help to lower energy costs, by reducing the R-factor, this is the measure of its resistance to the transfer of heat flow. This means in the summer months, you’re losing less of your nice cool air conditioning. And in the winter months, you’re not losing that precious warm heating.