With temperatures dropping by the day, keeping your house warm without a sky-high heating bill can be a challenge. We’ve got 5 simple do-it-yourself steps to save up to 50% on your annual bill.
Weatherize Your Home
Heating and cooling actually account for more than half of your energy bill. A lot of that energy is wasted through air infiltration.
For many homes there’s air coming around the windows. There are things available to the homeowners to make that more efficient. Hardware retailers offers a do-it-yourself Weatherization Kit and foam gaskets you can use to help seal open cracks.
You can also save with the right equipment, like a programmable thermostat. While you’re at work, it will set itself back a few degrees. With most people out of the home for about eight to 10 hours a day, you can save up to $150 a year.
Lower Water Heater Temperature
The water heater is another huge source of energy in the home. The trick here is to keep the temperature at 120 degrees. Anything more will likely be too hot to the touch and a waste of energy.
There’s a blanket that goes around the water heater that’s about $25 and that’ll keep it warm, insulated and keep the heat inside of it, also insulate the warm side of the pipe.”
Choose LED Bulbs
You can also save a lot with LED bulbs. They come with a 10-year warranty, have an 18-year life expectancy and consume on average 85% less electricity. The Cree brand start at just $14.
Finally, to start conserving water, get a low flow shower head. Aside from using less water, it’ll also make the water heater work less. Other water tips: fix any leaky faucet and use the cold water setting on your washer machine.