Well, we’re all reeling from our monthly energy costs. So, what can be done to save money on utility bills? Obviously, the best way to cut your utility bill is to go with a non-utility company source of energy. Solar power can be used to warm your house, while geothermal can be used to cool and heat the home. While these are great choices, there are a few simple steps you can take to cut that monstrous utility bill.
What can you do?
Lucky for homeowners, there are a number of easy, inexpensive ways to button up your home for spring. Numerous cost-efficient products on the market for your windows and doors will go a long way toward preserving the cool you generate with your air conditioning system. Let’s examine a few of the best ways to save money on your utility bills this spring.
Use vent covers
In most homes, there are rooms that rarely get used. A very simple and very cheap way to cut your heating and cooling costs is to isolate those rooms from the rest of your home. To do this, you should close the vents in the room. The vents, however, rarely close well. To make the strategy effective, you should buy vent covers and place them over the vents. The covers are a form of plastic and keep heat or cool air from coming out of the vents. Next, close the door to the room in question and leave it. By using this strategy, you can effectively make your home smaller by excluding the square footage that has to be heated. The smaller the area, the small the amount of money to heat or cool the home.
Be smart with your windows
Windows are the single biggest energy wasters in your home. Your windows must seal tightly. If they don’t, heat and cool air will escape out of them causing your HVAC unit to fire up over and over. If you make sure your window fit tightly into the frame when closed, you can significant save money on utility bills. It sounds like a small thing, but it really adds up.
Use a smart thermostat
Heating and cooling your home accounts for fifty percent of your utility bill. While a comfortable home is necessary for basic living throughout the different seasons, the home doesn’t need to be heated or cooled all of the time. If there are periods during the day where nobody is home because of work or school, a programmable thermostat can be used to slash your energy costs. Simply program the thermostat to turn off during the relevant time and turn back on before anyone gets home. Cutting four to eight hours off of your comfort needs each day will add up quickly on your utility bill.
Learn more about how to save money on utility bills
If your utility bills are completely out of control, there is something fundamentally wrong with your home. You need to go ahead and get an energy audit from our team at Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating. One of our HVAC professionals will come out and inspect your home. They can then identify the problem, what should be done and provide other tips to slash your bill. Depending on how bad your situation is, an energy audit can cut your utility bill by 50 percent or more. Power costs are high and expected to continue to increase for the foreseeable future. Take steps to cut your utility bill now and you’ll reap the benefits for years.