In 2013 the average residential monthly electric bill was $110.21, according to the U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Information Administration (EIA). Although the average monthly electricity statement varies far and wide by state, Texas is included in the list of states that have the highest average monthly bill. Therefore, it goes to show that everything really is bigger in Texas, including your energy costs. With that being said, and regardless of your budget, it is crucial to find ways to decrease your home energy expenses. A great place to start is by tackling the most economical changes that will also increase your home value. You may then consider the more costly-projects, your budget and whether they are worth the investment in your given situation.
The 12 tips below are a great kick-start to reducing home energy costs:
1-Update Appliances – When replacing appliances, consider Energy Star rated equipment. Review the kilowatt per hour usage of the new appliance compared to the existing model.
2-Upgrade Attic Insulation – As indicated by the Department of Energy, you can reduce your heating and cooling bills by 30% by adding new insulation to your attic. Check that your R-value is correct for your climate. The recommended level for most attics is to insulate to R-38 or about 10-14 inches, depending on insulation type, in accordance with Energystar.gov.
3-Seal Air Leaks – Check for cracks, gaps and openings around your windows, doors, plumbing and wiring. Caulking, replacing weather stripping and plugging holes in exterior walls is an economical solution to reducing expenses.
According to Energy.gov, heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home-typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.
4-Regular Heating & Cooling Systems Maintenance – It is wise to have scheduled annual HVAC maintenance performed so that the professionals can check for leaks, damage and make timely repairs.
5-Change your Water Heater – If the water heater is older than 10 years old, consider changing to a more energy-efficient model.
6-Invest in a Space Heater – Turn down your home temperature and put a space heater where your family gathers. The rest of the house will be cooler, but the main gathering area will be
7-Keep your Fireplace Damper Closed – Unless a fire is burning, keep the damper closed to keep warm air from escaping.
8-Upgrade your Thermostat to a Programmable Model – This allows you to adjust your temperature accordingly when away from home thereby reducing the need to keep an empty home at a comfortable temperature all day.
9-Keep your Air Vents and Registers Clean – Clean and vacuum regularly and keep furniture away from registers to keep air flowing.
10-Cover Drafty Windows – From heavy curtains and blinds to plastic film, find something that works within your budget to keep drafts at bay.
11-Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun – Open curtains and blinds during the day to allow sunlight to naturally warm your home during the winter and use the curtains and blinds to block the sun’s heat during the heat of the summer.
12-Use Timers on your Exterior Lights – Whether you have exterior lights year round or during holiday seasons only, timers are an effective energy savings tool.
No matter your budget, spend a little and save a little or spend more and save more on energy costs. Either way, these tips will have you on your way to helping reduce your energy expenses this year.
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