Inflation has been hitting just about everybody’s wallet in a really tough way for the past year. This inflation has led to a surging cost of living which can put many people and families at risk of a decreased standard of living. One of the biggest costs for any family or individual is your utility bills – most importantly your energy bill. With fossil fuels being retired and green energy being expensive, lowering your energy bill could be a key way to lower your costs. Here are three factors in your control to lower your energy bills.
The first factor that you can control to lower your energy bills is your home’s insulation. While you may not immediately think of your insulation when considering energy costs, your insulation may be the biggest factor. If your home is poorly insulated
, you will need to use more energy heating and cooling the space, as a temperature leak is more likely to occur. Consider adding more or replacing your current insulation in your home to give your HVAC a rest and save some energy. You will find that new insulation can pay for itself in almost no time.
Another factor that you can control to lower your energy bills is your HVAC efficiency. Your HVAC is short for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, which is typically one unit or system that operates your heating and air conditioning. The more efficient your HVAC is, the less energy it needs to get the same cooling or heating. Automating your thermostat can help you save money on energy. Setting up times of day for your cooling or heating to turn on and off can help avoid wasted energy when heating or cooling your home while you are out or during times of day when your HVAC isn’t necessary.
Turn Off Devices
The final factor that is in your control to help lower your energy bills is to start turning off your devices when they are not in use. Even if your device is turned off, if it is plugged in it may be using small amounts of energy that add up over a month or year. You should get into the habit of unplugging and turning off
any device when not in use to lower your bills.
Your energy bill can be one of your biggest monthly expenses. Fortunately, much of your home’s energy use is in your control. Optimize these three factors to lower your energy bills and save a chunk of change every month.
Check out this article on how to make an old home more energy efficient!
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