Everybody wants to reduce their energy bill. But how can you lower your energy bill if you don’t know what’s driving the costs? Figure out what’s contributing to your high energy bill and then you can make a plan to reduce energy consumption to save money.
Heating and cooling costs take up the bulk of the typical energy bill. That’s actually a good thing for you, since there are many different ways to reduce the energy that your HVAC systems uses.
- Invest in efficient HVAC systems to heat and cool your home (look for the Energy Star label). Consider a geothermal system, which is one of the most efficient systems.
- Install adequate insulation, especially in unconditioned areas, such as the attic and basement.
- Add a programmable thermostat to automatically reduce heating or cooling efforts during the nighttime.
- Seal and insulate windows.
- Install and use ceiling fans.
Also consider the little things in your home that consume electricity, such as vacuums, appliances that tell the time and charging laptops and cell phones.
- Unplug all small appliances when not in use (coffee maker, etc.).
- Unplug chargers when the item’s battery is full (cell phones, laptop).
- Vacuum less often.
Water heaters also consumer a lot of energy.
- Invest in a tankless water heater.
- Invest in a solar water heater.
- Lower your temperature settings for your water heater to 120 degrees.
- Add an insulation blanket to your hot water pipes and storage tank.
- Replace all shower heads with low-flow models.
Contact us at Paschal Heating, Air & Geothermal for more ideas to reduce your energy bill. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.