How To Save On Your Home Energy Bill

There are many ways to increase your home’s energy savings. Habitual adjustments and improvements to appliances and cooling/heating systems are two areas that will offer the biggest decrease in home energy usage. Learn how to save money and be more environmentally conscious, with our tips of great ways to save money on your home energy bill.

Adjusting Your Habits At Home

These are the simple things you can do to reduce your energy bills. Unplugging appliances and electronics that are not in use is a great way to start to see immediate energy savings. This is especially true with electronics that do not have an on / off switch. Devices like coffee makers, phone chargers, cable boxes, and computer monitors all fall into this category. Using a power strip that can easily be turned on and off reduces electronics using “ghost” energy when in standby mode. According to this article in How Stuff Works, unplugging electronics can save anywhere from 5%-10% in energy usage. This is an average of 100 dollars each year in home energy savings.

Replacing Old Lightbulbs With Energy Efficient Bulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs use less energy and will last anywhere from 3-25 times longer than traditional bulbs, depending on the quality. The article “How Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Compare with Traditional Incandescents” explains how much energy is saved by switching to energy efficient bulbs. 12W LED bulbs use 80% less energy per hour compared to 60W traditional incandescent bulbs. This equates to around $3.80 dollars saved per hour of usage. Using energy efficient lighting also means that the light bulb will last up to 25 times longer, reducing the energy used and spent replacing traditional bulbs.

Upgrading To A Programmable Thermostat

Learning how to correctly use the program feature on your thermostat can also save you money on your home energy bill while keeping your house at a comfortable temperature. According to the article “Programmable Thermostats; Do They Really Save You Money?”, lowering your temperature by 1 degree increases energy efficiency by 1%. Using the away feature when you are at work and also keeping the temperature lower in the winter when you are sleeping, could save up to 10-30 percent on your heating bill. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat can save up to $180 dollars per year.

Installing Energy Efficient Windows

The article “Update or Replace Windows” states, “Energy efficient windows are an important consideration for both new and existing homes. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.” Replacing windows, depending on the climate you live in, can save up to $150-$460 per year on your energy bill. While it might be expensive to replace the windows in your home, this one time fix will save you money for years to come.

Installing Sol-Lux Window Awnings

Unsurprisingly, home heating and cooling systems account for up to 45% of an average homeowner’s energy bill, as stated by Energy Star. Using window awnings to reduce heat gain in your home minimizes the amount of air conditioning needed. Awnings placed on west-facing windows reduce heat gain by 77%, and south-facing windows by 65%. Traditional window awnings will only help you so much if they are fixed. Being in control of your awnings will keep your house at the perfect temperature while minimizing the use of your heating and air conditioning. The Eos window awnings from Sol-Lux extend and retract automatically based on sunlight, wind, and temperature.  They can also be controlled easily from your smart device, making it a breeze to manually extend the awning, keeping the heat out in the summer, and retract the awning to let the heat in during winter. To learn more about the Eos Awning and its benefits, click here.

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The “Cool” Way to Make Your House More Energy Efficient

You probably ask yourself the same question every month when the energy bill comes – “How can I save more money on my energy bill?” They have a tendency to surprise us with how expensive they can get. Well, we have one major solution: window awnings for your home.

Having window awnings will ultimately save you money (especially smart technology-based, retractable ones). Consider reducing cooling costs, increasing your overall comfort by keeping your home cooler, and reducing potential problems you could have with your AC unit.

Reduce Your Cooling Costs

Being from Colorado, we at Sol-Lux are always looking for ways to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Our goal when creating these awnings (which are also solar powered) was to present a more eco-friendly way to stay cool during summer months.

Awnings can significantly cut down the amount of energy you consume and save big time on air conditioning usage and costs each summer.

Window Awning Solar Panel

Based on a study from the Professional Awnings Manufacturing Association (PAMA), awnings could potentially save you more than $200 annually, depending on where you live. In a similar study, PAMA found that in a typical year you could save anywhere from 27% to 77% on your energy bill.

Bryce Yonce, chairman of PAMA, has said: “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”

Keep Your Home Cooler

Not only do awnings save you some extra money, but they also help reduce the overall demand for energy (especially at peak times), making them an environmentally responsible choice if you’re concerned about greenhouse gas emissions.

As Popular Mechanics has mentioned, the main source of heat gain in the house is sunlight shining through the windows. On a hot day, the sun’s rays shine through glass doors and windows and bake the interior of your home, turning your sanctuary into a sauna.

There are plenty of ways to keep the inside of your home cool during the summer, but one option that is consistently mentioned is having awnings. Conversely, on a cold day, you may open the curtains to let sunlight in. That helps heat the interior of your home – but with a fixed awning, that isn’t an option.

What’s nice about Eos home window awnings is that they retract and extend depending on the temperature and amount of sunlight, allowing in sunlight and heat when it’s cold in addition to preventing sunlight and heat from entering your home when it’s hot. The retractable feature also helps reduce energy usage by contributing to the temperature indoors.

Retractable window awning

Help Your Air Conditioning Unit

Less heat gain through the windows means less work and more efficiency for your air conditioning unit. That also means fewer problems you may have with your AC since it doesn’t have to work so hard.

Managing director of PAMA, Michelle Sahlin, mentioned in a study that “The sun’s rays through glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner. Awnings reduce direct solar gain through windows.”

Of all the different options out there to help you save money on your energy bill each month, having window awnings on your home is one that pays for itself every time the sun is out.

Consider an awning that doesn’t compromise your view, can recognize temperatures, and retract when it’s colder. Your furniture, your air conditioner, wallet, indoor plants, and your furry friends will all thank you.

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