Local contractors in most States and counties are willing to come over and give free quotes on products that they supply that are potentially energy saving.
With the high price of literally everything you buy these days, it makes sense to cut back on your utilities and find extra ways to save you a little bit of money. Virtually everything that you use can be trimmed back, and in some situations it’s worth a little extra spending over the long run to benefit from the great effects that energy saving bulbs, fixtures and small changes to your house can make for you- to save you a ton of money on your bills.
Why wouldn’t you look to save? Protect the environment, and protect your wallet with these easy to follow tips that provide great dividends to you over the long run- especially in savings.
No- Cost Energy Solutions
All it takes is a little patience to find a marketable solution that won’t cost you any money immediately- and you’ll start saving money right away. It starts with small steps, but those steps add up, and eventually you’re raking in the savings because of a few small changes that you’ve made. Here are a few of our favorites:
Use Shades, drapes and blinds to cut down your heating and cooling costs. Make sure they’re opened to gain the sun’s heat in the morning when it first starts to light up and to catch the afternoon rays before the sun goes down when you’re heating your house, and keep them closed when you’re cooling your house down during the summer. Making this one little change can affect your heating bills by as much as 5-10 percent in the long run- which is definitely a good thing- especially if you didn’t have any. The best part about this solution is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money to get results.
Adjust your thermostat when you’re not there, or when you’re asleep. Simply lowering the temperature when you don’t need it (if you’re doing it right) can save you an additional 10 percent on your bill, especially if you aren’t already practicing adjusting your thermostat already. All it takes is turning the thermostat down 7-10 degrees during the busiest part of your day (8-10 hours). We recommend leaving your home at about 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, and 75-80 degrees in the summer. These settings mean that your system won’t be shocked when it starts back up- it’ll be easy for your system to catch up later, too.
Adjust your thermostat fan settings- especially if your furnace is running constantly. Make sure you leave it on “auto” instead of “on” because your fan will run all the time, even if you don’t need heating or cooling, which can rack up costs.
Low-Cost Energy Solutions
Seal any gap or crack in your home- windows, doors, siding, even weather stripping- apply caulking to make sure that drafts don’t get through. This will help keep your house heated or cooled, making you more comfortable.
Invest in small fans during the summer, even if you’re using air conditioning. When you’re circulating the air in your house, even cool air from a fan cools your home down. If you use an air conditioner and fan at the same time, you can set your thermostat higher than you normally would to guarantee savings- but don’t run your fans when you aren’t around.
Install a programmable thermostat to get the comfort you want with extra conveniences. If you haven’t switched yet, you might believe that you can monitor the system without any extra upgrade, but after you switch (when your home is automatically timing when you are and aren’t home), you’ll be glad you did. Since it adjusts automatically, you don’t have to worry about it!
Schedule tune-ups, and keep your furnaces and air-conditioners running at their peak providing seasonal maintenance that keeps your system running as efficiently as possible at all times, saving you money.
Spend More- Save More Energy Solutions
Sometimes, one of the biggest problems that people have that costs them the most money is having inefficient furnaces and appliances. Making the switch and finding more efficient appliances and furnaces is generally one of the best things that you can do. Look for a SEER rating- realizing that modern furnaces and appliances are FAR more energy efficient than older models, and the benefits that they provide users are endless. You save huge amounts of money because you can personalize all your options to find something that works perfectly for you- and even find appliances that have 90% efficiency or higher to save you huge amounts.
Another easy step is installing LED lighting instead of typical florescent bulbs. LED bulbs are greatly more efficient (sometimes as much as 80-90%) meaning you could save hundreds in just a year’s time making this little switch. The best part is that while LED lights are so useful, they’re also inexpensive and they last for as many as 20 years or 50,000 hours or more- nothing to shake a stick at.
Install roof insulation products like isotherm ceiling insulation or the traditional aerolite insulation, the cost of ceiling insulation is not that significant when one considers that once home insulations has installed it will give many years of energy saving. Reducing heating costs in winter and cooling costs in summer.
Consider Switching Power Sources
Making small changes to your power system, like switching from electric heating to natural gas or solar can save you a lot of money in a short amount of time, because heating your home with gas is far cheaper and more efficient than with electricity. Plus, gas is hugely efficient when you’re heating water, doing your laundry and cooking your food- it takes less time to heat and provides an even, clean heating source with little waste. If you’re really looking for savings, look into solar heating.
Make the Switch- To Solar
It might seem expensive to invest in PVC type solar units, but you really save yourself money over the long run. You can heat water, heat your home with solar heating, and power all of your appliances with just a little bit of solar energy, and the best part is that it’s really not all that expensive in the end- all it takes is the initial investment to start saving you money today. Statistically speaking, homeowners and business owners have reported massive savings in their energy bills starting around 50% and going as high as 90%.
That means if you average bills around $400 a month for your utilities and you switched to solar, you could save $200 a month easily, and begin repaying your initial investment. If you saved $200 in just one month, you’d save $2,400 in a year- easily repaying your initial expenses. Using aerolite installers to insulate your home is a great idea.
While it might seem overwhelming, it’s usually easier than you’d think to get the savings that you’re looking for on your utility bill, and face it- everyone wants to save money.