10 Ways To Easily Lower Your Energy Bill
1. Check the seals on windows, doors, and appliances: Make sure your fridge and freezer are well sealed to keep the cold air where it belongs. The same goes for doors and windows. A bad seal allows energy to seep out, draining your wallet in the process.
2. Fix ductwork: Improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems by repairing leaky heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ducts.
3. Change your thermostat: Set your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re asleep or away from home. Doing so for eight hours can lower your annual heating and cooling costs by around 10%. A programmable thermostat does the work for you.
4. Take shorter showers: Taking two minutes off of your shower time can cut your water usage by up to five gallons.
5. Replace your showerhead: An efficient showerhead can reduce your water usage by 2,700 gallons per year. The showerheads with the WaterSense label are certified to meet efficiency criteria set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
6. Don’t wash clothes in hot water: Try to use warm or cold water when you do laundry and cut your energy usage by at least half.
7. Fix leaky faucets: This is an obvious one as it wastes gallons of water.
8. Swap out your lightbulbs: Save an average of $75 per year by swapping out the bulbs in your five most-used light fixtures with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs that have the Energy Star label.
9. Install dimmer switches: Dimmers let you set the brightness in a room to suit your needs and start saving electricity.
10. Use smart power strips: Some electronic gadgets never truly power off; instead, they sit in standby mode using a trickle of power that can add up over devices and time. Plug electronics into a smart power strip, which cuts off the current when the devices aren’t in use.