We all have that sinking feeling when our energy bill arrives and we see that bolded, enlarged total staring back at us from the bottom of the page.
Whether it’s heating or A/C, TV or kitchen appliances, it can be hard to keep your energy bill low.
Luckily, there are numerous ways to save money going forward. Some are simple fixes, like switching off some appliances at the wall. Others require a bit more investment, like upgrading your water heater or insulation.
1. Make sure you’re getting the best deal
Complacency is one of the most common barriers to a lower energy bill. Many of us simply stick to the status quo instead of actively comparing energy providers.
This is one aspect that you have control of: your energy provider. And often better deals exist out there on the market. There are companies that do a great job of comparing your options, you may be pleasantly surprised just how much you can save.
2. Upgrade your appliances
New appliances come with an energy star rating, a handy way to compare energy efficiency. Make sure you purchase high energy rating appliances to help save energy in your home.
Take for example your dishwasher. A new dishwasher will likely use half the water and 40% less energy than one from the early 90s. Money-wise, a modern dishwasher that uses just 150 kWh per year costs roughly $45. Compare that to a 380kWh competitor, which costs $114. The difference adds up!
If you can’t upgrade your appliances, you can still adjust the ones you have to save energy. HVAC repairmen recommend adjusting your thermostat to save money until you can afford a newer AC unit, for example. Similarly, you can also adjust water heater temperature settings for extra savings.
3. Energy efficient heaters and windows
One of the main energy consumers, especially in winter, is your heater(s). Make sure your heater is a modern, energy efficient model. The benefits include lower running costs, quiet operation, low maintenance costs and long lifespan.
A major source of inefficient heat transfer comes from your windows. Choose more energy-efficient windows, which will pay for themselves over time with reduced heating and cooling costs. For a quick fix, think about adding some storm windows to reduce air leakage or caulk or weatherstrip the gaps in your existing windows.
4. Use a household app
Since there’s an app for just about everything these days, it should come as no surprise you can now control your appliances from your smartphone, which comes in handy when you want to turn the oven on at the supermarket.
From an energy efficient viewpoint, you can monitor and turn off appliances that are simply wasting energy. Some other apps even let you see where and when you’re wasting energy. Check out 10 of the best energy efficient apps here.
5. Stay informed
There are plenty of resources out there focusing on energy saving tips around the home. Many are presented in simple terms and provide helpful information and diverse tips. Take a second to read through a few tips and save even more on your next energy bill.