Paying high energy bills each month is like flushing money down the drain. Do not do it! Follow the advice provided here and start saving money.
You can speak to the energy saving experts at Josco Energy Corporation to see how much they can save you.
Swap Your Light Bulbs
Swapping out traditional bulbs is comparable to minting money. If you replace a conventional 40-watt incandescent bulb with a comparable Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulb, you’ll save about $4 annually based on a three-hour daily use basis.
The exciting thing is that most LED bulbs cost about that much, which means payback is within one year. After that, it is profits all the way! Use Cree’s savings calculator to create custom scenarios for your home.
Switch to Programmable Thermostats
A programmable thermostat can reduce your home’s cooling and heating cost by up to 30%. Try the Nest thermostat this is one the most popular options out there.
Would you mind installing solar panels at your home for about $4,000 to $5,000? You will be glad to know that it is now possible thanks to new and innovative developments. There is now a DIY kit called Solar Pod available in select hardware stores such as Menards and Lowe’s.
While this solar kit cannot run an entire house, it is capable of running several essential appliances and electronics. And the great thing about it is that you can gradually add to it by purchasing extra kits as time goes by to power/light up more of your home.
Buy a Net-Zero Energy Home
None of us wants to pay utility bills. These bills can now be a thing of the past if you do things right up front as your home is being built. A variety of contractors, including Deltec, are creating net-zero homes homes that generate as much energy as they consume with the prices starting at a meagre $75,000.
Lose That Second Fridge
According to the Washington Post, one out of three Americans has a second refrigerator in their homes. The reason behind this is because when most people buy a new fridge, they often put the old one in the basement or garage instead of ditching it.
Most people do so since they see the refrigerator as an opportunity to stock up on more food when it is on sale. However, what most of us do not realize is that older fridges consume a colossal amount of energy. The cost of running your new fridge is nothing compared to what it costs you to run an older one whose running costs can several hundred bucks a year.
So, the money you think you are saving buying food that is on sale you are actually spending to pay your electric bill. Dump that old thing, and you will see the difference.
Use Your Microwave Instead of The Oven
When you want to reheat a meal or a cup of soup, consider using the microwave. According to the Federal Government’s Energy-Star program, using a microwave will save you up to 80 percent of the energy you’d have used if you’d used your oven.
Become a Member of the Small House Movement
Nothing quite beats reducing square footage to lower what you pay in gas and electricity.
The average size of a new single-family home in 2018’s third quarter was about 2,320 sq. Ft. Now, imagine downsizing to a house with square footage of about 100 to 400 sq. Ft.!
Your energy and heating bill would be cut down by about 90 percent!
Do Not Forget About Lawn Equipment
Use non-motorized equipment such as reel-push mowers if your lawn isn’t that big. With a reel push mower, you will never have to purchase gas again. Furthermore, you will no longer be producing any harmful emissions.
Quick tips on how to save money on energy:
– Ensure the attic is well insulated
– Seal drafts around doors and windows using caulking or weather stripping
– Use natural sunlight to heat spaces where possible
– Consider investing in a water heater blanket if you have a unit that’s over five years old
– Try zoned cooling and heating. Close off vents in rooms and rooms that aren’t in use
– Make sure vents aren’t blocked by furniture
– On chilly nights, consider warming yourself with an electric blanket
– Close off both the flue on your chimney and the fireplace