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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