15 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill (Part 2 of 2) Read part 1
In this post we continue with 15 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill (Part 2 of 2). Did your energy bill skyrocket this Winter? Unfortunately, the cold weather we experienced caused us to use our heaters more often. However, there may be other contributing factors to this unwanted expense. Below are a few things you can do to gain more control and save some money each month. As we gear up for warmer weather, check out these tips to maximize efficiency and give your wallet a break.
Inspect Ducts for leakage.
Air leaks in your ducts can cause uneven temperatures throughout your home, additional drafts, excessive wear-n-tear, air quality issues, and other challenges. When not addressed, these challenges can add up to expensive repairs.
15 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill (Part 2 of 2): Turn on those exhaust fans.
Turn on the ventilation fans when cooking to reduce odors. Also, operate the fan in the bathroom when taking a shower to reduce humidity, which can cause mold accumulation.
Overall, exhaust fans help improve the quality of indoor air.
Lower the temperature setting.
The easiest way to save a few dollars on your energy bill is to simply lower the temperature in your home. Decreasing the thermostat just a few degrees can result in significant long-term savings.
15 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill (Part 2 of 2): Set your water heater lower.
Some hot water systems heat up to 140°F (60°C) which is plenty hot. The Department of Energy (energy.gov) recommends setting the water heater at no more than 120° F (49° C) to prevent scalding.
A water heater that is set too high can unnecessarily increase your electricity bill and stress the heater to the point of premature failure.
Use LED lights.
LED light bulbs are known to burn up to 25-30% less electricity and last 15 to 20 times longer. They may cost a little more upfront; however, the savings will add up over time.
15 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill (Part 2 of 2): Rotate your ceiling fan.
Fans should rotate clockwise in the winter to push warm air off the ceiling back down to the floor.
Circulating the air prevents condensation on the windows and increases the ability of the filter to work better, as it captures stirred-up dust.
Use a space heater carefully and sparingly.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, resulting in more than 300 deaths. Only use portable heaters in the room you are currently present and never leave a heater running when you are away or sleeping.
Do not place them too close to anything that can catch fire easily and keep an eye on them for overheating.
15 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill (Part 2 of 2): Maintain your HVAC equipment. Call Allgeier Air.
Follow the Boy Scout motto: Always be Prepared. Schedule service for your heating system before an emergency happens. We will inspect and clean your system thoroughly and address any red flags before they become a major problem.
This will help to extend the life of your HVAC investment, save you money, time, and headaches, and give you peace of mind you are keeping your family safe and comfortable. Contact one of our professional technicians by calling or texting, 502.244.9999.