For some, winter is a magical time filled with cocoa and cuddling. For others, it is a dreaded time of year fit for shivering and shoveling. No matter how you feel about the season, there is one thing we can all agree on: higher energy bills in the wintertime are downright painful. All out of ideas for how to save money on out-of-control energy bills? Never fear. We’re here to help you learn how to save money on your energy bills.
How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill
Use your ceiling fan year-round
One of the simplest things you can do to save money is to use your ceiling fan. It’s there to circulate air around a room, which is a process you can benefit from all year long. In the summer, it makes the room feel a few degrees cooler. In the winter, locate the switch on the fan to change its direction. The air circulates in the opposite direction, making it feel warmer. This simple trick means that you won’t have to turn your heat up so high or your air conditioner down so low, saving you money without sacrificing your comfort.
Tuck in your water heater
During the cold winter months, we all tend to huddle up under blankets in an attempt to block out the cold. As it just so happens, you’re not alone. One of the best things you can do is to invest in a water heater blanket. Simply place it over your water heater, and you’ll insulate it from the cold winter weather. This will keep your hot water hot, and prevent the heat from escaping into the surrounding air.
Replace those outdated surge protectors with Smart Strips
Did you know that your devices continue to drain power from your outlets even when they are idle or turned off? You could unplug every device as soon as you are done using it, but then you might find yourself spending a lot of time crawling under furniture to fight with those cords. Instead, look into smart power strips. With these strips, the on/off status of one device determines whether others get power. For instance, if your TV is on, power can flow to your DVD player, cable box, and video game systems. But when your TV is off, power is shut off to all of the subsequent devices, preventing them from draining energy when not in use.
Get a programmable thermostat
Are you still spending money to heat your home all day long, even when no one is home? Heating your house is expensive, and if no one is there to benefit from that heat, it’s money wasted. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the heat to drop and raise at predetermined times. Set it lower when you’re asleep or no one is home, and raise it up when you’ll be around to feel the heat. You won’t feel the difference, but your wallet will.
Get an Energize CT home energy assessment
While all of these tips and tricks will help you to save some money, there’s no better way to start saving on your energy bill than to get a home energy assessment. Never heard of it? You’re not alone! Simply put, it’s an energy efficiency home inspection. An energy adviser will come to your house and spend some time looking for areas where you are losing energy. They will perform several tests, including:
- Blower door test. This is a test that searches for drafts and air leaks in your home, particularly around doors and windows.
- Duct testing. They will search for areas of heat loss in your ductwork.
- Heating equipment testing. Your adviser will test your heating equipment for efficiency and safety.
- Infrared testing. While not always necessary, thermal imaging cameras can help to pinpoint leaks.
The best part? When they’re done searching for problems, they will work with you to fix them. They will carry out these measures to ensure you start saving money right away:
- Air leak sealing. Once those frustrating window and door leaks have been found, your energy adviser will work to seal them up, keeping that expensive warm air where it belongs – inside your house!
- Duct air leak sealing. If you are losing heat through leaks in your ductwork, your technician will work to seal those leaks up. Without an escape route, your heat will travel through your duct system without getting lost, meaning you’ll use less energy to keep your home warm.
- Hot water savings. If applicable, your technician will provide you with (and install) certain measures to conserve hot water, such as low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators, and hot water pipe insulation. This means that you’ll spend less to heat the water your family needs.
- LED light bulbs. You’ve probably heard about LED light bulbs and their energy efficiency advantages over incandescent bulbs, but maybe you’ve resisted making the switch because they’re just so expensive. Worry not – your energy adviser can provide you with up to 25 LED bulbs as a part of your assessment!
- Helping you find and apply for rebates you are eligible for. During your assessment, your adviser may find many different problems with your home’s efficiency. It’s enough to make your head spin. How can you save money on your energy bill if you have to pay too much upfront to make the necessary changes? Luckily, your energy adviser is an expert in the energy field. They will find and help you apply for energy rebates that you qualify for. You will save money as you upgrade to an energy-efficient home, and your efficiency will continue to save you money on your energy bills. It’s a win-win!
If saving money on your energy bill is a priority, don’t wait to schedule your assessment. Your energy adviser will work with you to ensure your home is energy-efficient and you start saving money right away. To get a head start on saving money in your home, schedule your home energy assessment today.
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