Are your energy bills sky high?
There’s no reason to pay a fortune each and every month when you’re not using anything different than what your neighbor is using.
Here’s how you can easily lower your energy usage without changing your daily habits.
1) Stop Paying For Cheap Light Bulbs
One of the easiest ways to waste energy is to use light bulbs that aren’t energy efficient — AKA traditional incandescent bulbs.
While these light bulbs are some of the cheapest to purchase, you get what you pay for. These bulbs use up the most energy of any bulb type, which is why you need to switch to a more energy efficient light bulb, like LEDs.
Not only will LED bulbs use significantly less energy, they will also last longer than traditional bulbs (by a few lifespans) and will have a more “white” light. Trust us, the few extra bucks to purchase LEDs will be well worth it in the long run!
2) Invest in a New Thermostat
There’s no reason to heat (or cool) every room in your home for the entirety of the day/night. With the addition of a new programmable thermostat, you can cut down on the amount of time you heat (or cool) your home and decide which rooms receive this.
Programmable thermostats allow you to set a schedule for when you want your home to be heated (or cooled), so you don’t waste energy when you’re not home or are sleeping. You can have the temperature set for off times to be at a more energy efficient temperature to conserve energy.
If you choose to go the route of a smart thermostat, not only will you get programmable functionality, but you’ll also be able to participate in zone heating and cooling. This will allow you to heat (or cool) specific rooms in your home that are in constant use. Rooms that can be skipped over include often-uninhabited guest rooms, dining rooms, etc.
3) Upgrade Old Appliances
Your refrigerator from the early 2000s might still run, but your energy bill is a lot higher because of it. An appliance like this is running 24/7, so you need to make sure you have the most energy efficient model available. If yours is past its useful life of roughly a decade, then it’s time to upgrade.
However, if your refrigerator is still young but you know it’s affecting your energy bill negatively, there might be something malfunctioning that needs repair or replacement. This is when you call in appliance repair experts to help you fix your problem. And don’t think this is just for refrigerators — this goes for every appliance, fixture, and system in your home.
If two homes have the same things in use, one home can use significantly less energy because they use these energy efficient tips.
If you’re ever in need of an HVAC technician or an expert for appliance repair, know that Tri-City is here to help!