Updated: Jul 12, 2021
We are blessed with the discovery and proper utilization of energy. There are several sources of energy that make our living easier. Energy lights up our home every night, keeps us warm during the cold Winter, keeps us cool in the Summer, allows us to be entertained, and makes our living pleasant no matter what time of day or night. And with all of our uses of energy, from the moment we check our clocks in the morning, to the moment we lay our weary heads to rest at night, all of us would agree that it would be hard to live without it.
So, if coping with electric and gas bills is your monthly nemesis here are some ways to lower those bills and reduce your monthly stress:
Turn your home into a smart home:
Today, technology can do amazing things. You can automate the energy efficiency of your entire home through software and mobile apps. You can purchase energy-efficient lights for all of the lighting fixtures in your home, that can be connected to your smartphone to schedule them to go off and on at any time, from anywhere in the world. The same is true for your thermostats that control the temperatures of your home and business. You can set the temperature on a schedule to go down when you leave for work, go up right before you come home, and go down again once everyone is in bed. You can also buy ceiling fans that can also be put on a schedule. They are especially helpful during those in-between seasons where you can turn off the thermostat and just use the ceiling fans.
Put Solar Panels on your roof:
Solar panels have come a long way in the last 15 to 20 years. They are far more efficient and last much longer than they did 20 years ago. The technology has really improved. The average life span for modern panels is about 25 to 30 years. You can supply most of your electrical needs between late Spring and early to Mid-fall with solar panels. And you will reduce the cost of your winter energy bills by a significant amount as well. Remember, the sun is FREE!
Provide a good roof coating or a new layer of shingles:
A good energy-efficient roof coating deflects heat. So, ensuring that the roof receives a good heavy energy-efficient coating or a more energy-efficient layer of shingles would mean ensuring your house will maintain and keep a comfortable temperature on the inside without running up your energy bills.
Keep your attic well insulated, and ventilated:
Your attic is one of the most important areas of your home when it comes to the cooling system. The attic is the first and probably most effective part of your house to keep the whole house cool. But, in order for your attic to do its cooling purpose, make sure that it is well insulated.
Also, provide vents where the heat can come out during summer. Your attic door must also be sealed to ensure that the air from the house does not get sucked up into the attic. The attic door can be sealed with weather stripping. Also, installing an attic fan will pull all of the hot air outside of the house. This will go a long way in keeping the home more energy-efficient.
Securing All Leaks:
Leaks contribute to the high cost of home energy. Why? It is because warm and cold air from your home can easily go out through these leaks. And the fridged or hot summer air from outside can easily enter the house. Both increase the workload of your heating and cooling system.
You need to remember that air moves based on air pressure and temperature. Since the temperature inside your home, most of the time is different than the temperature outside the house, air moves freely in and out through these leaks. Making sure all of the leaks are sealed means less work for your heating and cooling system and lower energy bills.
Leaks can come from all of the following: fireplaces, ducts, doors, ceilings, floors, walls, windows, plumbing penetrations, electrical outlets, fans, and vents. So, start sealing those energy piglets.
Turning down the thermostat:
One degree centigrade is the equivalent of a 5% electric bill saving. So, keeping your thermostat low will save you a lot of money. More significant savings will come from turning your thermostat lower when you are not home, on vacation, or while you are sleeping. The most energy-efficient temperature during the Winter is about 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Limiting the use of your water heater:
The second-largest electrical-consuming device, next to your heating and cooling system, is your water heater. Turn the temperature down so it doesn’t need to go on as much to heat up the water. Turn it way down when you go on vacation or are away for a couple of days.
Install energy-efficient windows:
There are commercially available window materials that can significantly contribute to the cost reduction of home energy usage. Energy-efficient windows and sliders, deflect the outside temperature (whether during the Winter or Summer) away from entering your home. I would suggest triple pane windows with a good UV rating and tinting.
Use your appliances efficiently:
It is a basic instinct for most of us to turn off televisions, turn up the air conditioning, turn down the heat, turn off our stereos, and other electronic gadgets when we are not using them. However, most of us still disregard this common-sense approach. We can save a lot if we only learn to turn them off when not in use. Small things such as iPod chargers, mobile phone chargers, and other electrical gizmos, that seem to consume only small amounts of electric current remain plugged in day-in and day-out. These really do contribute to your electric bill. Making sure you unplug them would certainly lower your monthly electric consumption and energy bill. Every little bit of savings counts! You can do this!