• Howard Gallagher

How To Reduce Your Energy Bill

Your HVAC System and Electrical System both are responsible for most of the creature comforts in your home. When there is an issue in either system more energy is used. This can be seen in an increase in your utility bill which increases your expenses and carbon footprint.Here are a few tips to reduce your energy bill.


Programmable Thermostat

Using a programmable thermostat can help ensure that your HVAC system isn’t running when you don’t need it. Using a programmable thermostat, you can control the temperature within your home and set it to prevent unnecessary cooling or heating. Programmable thermostats will save you money, decrease energy usage, and keep your home at a comfortable temperature when you are home.

Filters and Ductwork

HVAC maintenance is a seasonal activity. Air Filters should be changed regularly to ensure your system is working properly. A clogged air filter can make your system work harder and waste energy in the process. Another area need to be checked is the ductwork. Leaks in ducts can result in higher energy bills.

Appliances

Multitasking gets more done but can overload your circuit breaker. You shouldn’t run your dishwasher and dryer at the same time. Clean the refrigerator coils a few times a year; dust and debris often collect on the coils and prevent the refrigerator from working up to its full potential. A top loading washer uses 50% less energy and 33% less water than a front loading washer.

Conserve Water

Water is a vital resource. Using too much Hot water can increase both your energy and water bill. Limiting your hot water use by running the dishwasher less, take shorter showers and wash clothes in cold water can solve this issue. Your water heater can help you conserve energy. Ideally, your water heater should be set around 120 degrees F. Insulating your water heater reduces heat loss and lowers the cost of heating water. You can insulate your water heater with an insulation blanket.



Turn it off


We all have left lights on in an unattended room. You can save energy by not only turning off lights when you leave but also replacing your lights. LED or CFL lights don’t get hot like conventional lights. They save 75% more energy compared to non incandescent light bulbs.