These days, it’s important to save money wherever you can. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make some changes in your energy habits. Heating and cooling homes in the summer and winter are by far one of the costliest parts of an energy bill. By making a few small alterations to your home, you can effectively save hundreds per year in utility costs.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
When your HVAC system was first installed, it probably did a great job of cooling down or heating up your home. However, with use over the years, its efficiency will have plummeted, costing you more and more on your energy bill.
Uncertain if your HVAC system could be improved? The best way to find out is to contact an HVAC technician who will go over your existing system and find a way to reduce its cost of operation. Because a technician is an expert in the field, they’ll know hidden things to look for that could be bumping up your monthly bill.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are the new trend in heating and cooling, and for good reason — they are saving consumers up to $180 a year in energy costs. One of the most advanced ones on the market is the Nest. It will learn your habits after you set it a few times and will automatically raise or lower the temperature depending on your predicted usage.
By using a smart thermostat in the winter, for example, you can keep the temperature in your home lower while you’re at work. Then, a few minutes before you’re expected to arrive home, your thermostat will kick on and get the temperatures back up to normal for you.
Hang Up Thermal Curtains
The majority of heating and cooling costs come from air and light that leaks in through your windows. In the summer, the hot sun penetrates the glass, heating up the air it touches. In the winter, cool air seeps through leaks or cracks in the caulking, adding a noticeable chill to the room. To prevent this, all you have to do is invest in a set of thermal curtains.
Thermal curtains were designed to block out the sun, keeping your room comfortably chill in the summer. And in the winter, they do a great job of trapping in heat so that it doesn’t escape.
Close Vents and Doors
Do you spend the majority of your time in just a few rooms in your house? If so, closing off the vents and shutting the doors in unused rooms can redirect heat to more vital areas. This way, you won’t be wasting money heating your whole home, as the heat will only be going where you want it to. Plus, this keeps drafts from blowing through your house.
After you take these few steps, you’ll begin to see a noticeable difference in the amount you’re paying for utilities each month. Get started today to see just how much you can save.
What do you think of these ideas? Are you already doing these at home? Do you have more ideas to add to this list?
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