Energy bills can be a serious drain on your budget. As the costs for fuel, electricity and other utilities continues to rise, homeowners are seeking ways to conserve energy and save money. Here are a few simple steps that you can take to reduce your energy bills.
1. Replace Old Appliances
If you are using old, out of date appliances you are probably wasting energy. Newer, more efficient appliances require an initial investment but in the long run they save you money. Take inventory and see if it’s time to replace your refrigerator, washer and dryer and other appliances. Seek out products that are Energy Star certified.
2. Turn Down the Temperature of Your Water Heater
Many people set their water heater at a high temperature so they will have hot water on demand. This, however, means higher bills. If you set your water heater at 120 degrees, you will have to wait a few extra seconds for hot water but the money you’ll save will make it well worth it.
3. Use a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re not using a programmable thermostat, you should have one installed. This allows you to control the temperature and not have the temperature warmer or cooler than necessary. These are inexpensive devices you can buy at the hardware store and they can help reduce your energy bills.
4. Switch to a More Efficient Heating System
If your heating costs are very high in the winter, you might be able to reduce them by switching to another form of energy. A new gas furnace, for example, is often more economical than electric or oil based heating systems.
5. Turn Off Lights and Devices When They Aren’t Being Used
Leaving on lights, televisions, computers and other devices adds up and contributes to higher electric bills. When you leave the room or the house, make sure everything that you aren’t using is turned off. If you have power surges, you should also turn them to the off position if you’re going to be out all day.
Many different actions can cause your energy bills to be too high. If you pay attention to the points discussed above you can start to bring them under control. Remember that saving a few cents here and there can make a big difference at the end of the year.
Guest post written by Marlena Stoddard. Marlena writes on family fitness and finance. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn’t spending time with her family, or writing, Marlena enjoys cooking, running, and reading. You can see more of her writing by following her on Google+.
No More Struggling To Keep Your Home Clean
Subscribe to get your copy of this Weekly Cleaning Schedule Printable.