Save Money on Energy Bills
Throughout the year homeowners are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. From turning the air off and opening windows in the summer, to wearing four pairs of socks and several jackets in the winter. It can seem futile to homeowners at first when seeing minimal results but by the end of the year their energy bill will be significantly lower. The payoff will be even greater down the the road. A few tips and tricks is all it takes to decrease a household utility bill.
An important aspect of energy saving is to know where efficiency can be optimized. An energy audit measures the energy efficiency of a home. Professionals perform tests throughout the house with equipment like infrared cameras and gas leak cameras. Data is collected including air leakage rate, heat flow resistance, and thermal performance. The auditor analyses this data to identify cost effective ways to improve the comfort and efficiency of a home.
Clean The Vents
Air that moves around a household must have the right circulation or else it will decrease the efficiency of the system. When air vents are dirty they become blocked. When vents are blocked air systems have to work harder to equalize the temperature in that room. A simple cleaning of the vents can make a dramatic difference in how much air is generated. A more efficient air system means a cheaper utility bill.
Find the Sweet Spot
Cooling and heating account for 32% of household energy in a year. Utility bills can be extremely high if the thermostat is not controlled correctly. In fact, experimenting with a thermostat to find a comfortable but efficient temperature can save tons on energy costs. During the day children are in school or adults are at work, therefore, the AC/ heating does not have to be overused. Homeowners can adjust the thermostat so energy is not being wasted in unoccupied rooms. After finding out the perfect temperature at the perfect time, homeowners can continue this habit for a huge decrease in utility costs.
Idle Electricity Use
Households across America have appliances or devices that use energy even when they are “turned off.” Devices that are plugged in like toasters, lamps, or oscillating fans draw energy from outlets. They draw energy while inactive so homeowners can be confident in a quick power-up. According to a study done by the Natural Resources Defense Council the energy consumption of devices on “standby,” originally around 10-20 percent, are gradually increasing. This is an estimated $165 per year. This may not seem like a large amount at first glance but, along with other energy uses, idle energy usage can have a major effect on homeowners’ utility bills. There are some solutions to combat the idle energy consumption of household appliances. Before a homeowner purchases an item, they can research the energy efficiency and how many watts it consumes in standby mode. The lower the wattage used, the less it will cost to keep it plugged in. An even easier solution is to unplug unused appliances throughout the house.
Wasted Energy Raises Utility Bills
The hidden costs that come from a high utility bill can be blamed on the energy that is wasted throughout a household. Homeowners that put in that extra effort can make a difference when receiving the electricity bill. Along with idle energy drawing appliances, small energy users can be easily overlooked. This includes ceiling fans, lights, and unoccupied rooms. Turning off the lights and fans when leaving a room can decrease utility bills. Even something as small as closing a door in an unoccupied room can save a house’s cooling system from regulating the temperature in that room.