At Half Price Drapes, we frequently create blog articles that include tips on how to make your home more energy efficient. We do this because so many people are looking for tips, and because we know that not all tips work for every home. That’s why we’re here to provide more. Our hope is that some of our energy efficiency advice will work.
1. Get a programmable thermostat
The more the temperature fluctuates in your home, the harder your heating and cooling system has to work. For summer months, experts recommend setting the thermostat at around 68 degrees when you’re home and then 75 degrees if you’re leaving home. Remember that turning the AC off completely while you’re going will actually cost more, because your cooling system will have to work so much harder to cool your home down.
2. Invest in Energy Star appliances
According to the United States Department of Energy, the average utility bill is just over $100 per month, thought that obviously varies greatly based on the climate and state in which a person lives. That same department estimates that if you only change your old fridge for a new energy efficient fridge, your utility bill will go down an average of $72 every year.
3. Make sure your home is sealed
If there are leaks under your doors or through your windows, then you’re wasting energy. Caulk these areas, fix cracks, and repair holes. This can reduce your energy bills by as much as 30% in those areas that are leaking air.
4. Hang up blackout curtains
Blackout curtains can help you prevent heat from getting in your home in the summer and out of it in the winter. Made from thick materials, they’re very efficient at helping your HVAC system get a break. Window tinting can also help reduce the amount of sun that gets into a room.
5. Pay close attention to your energy usage
Simply being diligent can make a big difference. Many homeowners get their bill every month and if they see a month that’s significantly more or less, they may note that it’s surprising but they won’t take the next step and found out with the situation is. Consider how many people were in your home in a month that has an unusual usage, and think hard about what may have raised or lowered your utility bill.