No one wants to pay more for their utilities than they have to, yet millions of Americans have higher than average bills because they don’t know the simple tricks that can help reduce costs. At Half Price Drapes, we know that every penny can matter to a family. That’s why we’ve come up with these three ways you may be able to reduce your energy costs.
1. Take a look at your lightbulbs
It was only a few years ago when LED bulbs were too expensive to replace every light, and they weren’t made to fit all home fixtures. Thankfully, those days are behind us. Thanks to rebate programs and market response, they’re affordable and can make a big difference in your utility costs.
How much of a savings? Consider that an incandescent bulb uses 83% more electricity than an LED bulb. It costs almost $20 to run a 60-watt incandescent bulb for six hours a day per year, while a LED light would only costs $3.35. When you think about all the lightbulbs in your home, this could be a significant savings. For example, the recessed, incandescent floodlights in many kitchens? They use the same amount of electricity as a small electric heater.
2. Seal up your home
Most homes have gaps, holes, and cracks throughout. Even the smallest gap can be like leaving a window open all day and all night. Homes with these issues can waste fuel and be especially cold in the winter months. According to some estimates, you could reduce your heating bill by up to 15% just by air sealing the gaps and cracks in your home.
3. New window coverings
Windows are one of the biggest culprits of heat loss. Even if you have weatherstripping and air sealing, you can improve your energy use by covering up your windows. This is doubly true at night. Cellular shades, otherwise known as honeycomb shades, have layered cells that can actually trap air to reduce heat loss.
Not sure if your windows need coverings? Stand in front of one of them on a cold night. Can you feel a draft? Is warm air being pulled toward the glass? If so, window coverings can help. Half Price Drapes offers you a wide range of both shades and curtains to help you insulate your home to stay cozier – and reduce your energy bills.