What’s not to love about fall? From the beautiful colors to warm moments spent with the family at home and more, many people enjoy fall. If energy bills are the one thing you dread about fall, have a look at these five tips to help you keep your bill in check this fall.
Seal Your House Well
With the cold about to set in, heating is about to become a lot more important. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your heating system, you should seal your house so that all the warm air stays indoors. Have an inspection of all your doors and windows and make sure that there are no cracks or gaps left once they are closed. If you find any, seal them with caulk, or do a total upgrade if you can afford it. Currently, an average family spends $2,000 every year on energy bills alone, with half going towards heating or cooling the home.
Replace HVAC Filters
Your HVAC system is basically the backbone of keeping your house warm and comfortable in the cold season. This means it’s important to keep it working its best. Regular maintenance should not cost a lot, and this amount will be even less compared with the hassle of having to fix or replace the system in the middle of the cold season. If the system is working well, replace the filters which do a lot of the heavy lifting, and which is easy enough to do by yourself.
Upgrade Your Plumbing
Your plumbing may not sound like it has direct input into your energy bills, but it does. Moving water around your house takes energy, so if it works efficiently, you will end up paying less for it. If you have an older house, you may want to think about changing the piping system to a more modern one that will be less prone to rusting, corrosion, and leaking, as well as one that will handle heating water better. In fact, one in every ten homes in the U.S. has small plumbing leaks that waste up to 90 gallons of water daily. This could be costly in the long run.
Get a Smart Thermostat
Something as simple as upgrading your thermostat to a smart one can make a big difference in the amount you pay for your bills. With a smart thermostat, you can automate the way it regulates temperatures, turning it off when it’s hot enough and turning it on when it gets cooler. This will enable you to save energy that would have been spent by having the heat running constantly. You can even get one that you can operate from your mobile phone, giving you the ability to turn it off when it’s not in use, even if you’re not currently in the house.
Conserve Hot Water
Hot water is used a lot in the average household, making up 18% of your home’s total energy costs. This means that if you can find a way to conserve the heat used up in heating water, you will be able to conserve energy. One way of doing this is installing an efficient water heating system that uses heat transfer to keep water warm, making it consume less energy to heat it up as needed. Another way of conserving energy is by using less hot water, for instance by taking shorter showers and washing the majority of your clothes with cold water rather than hot water.
When you’re trying to conserve the energy you use in your house, it’s important to use different approaches and set goals to reduce your bill. This will enable you to realize bigger savings and make you live sustainably in the long term.