If you feel your utility bills are just too high each month consider making minor adjustments to your lifestyle. These small changes can greatly help you cut costs on your utility bills.
Follow these 10 steps to start saving on your utility bills today:
1. Paint your roof white
Studies have shown that in sunny climates, buildings with white roofs require up to 40% less energy for cooling than those with black roofs. Utility wise that means you can save $120 or more per year in cooling costs. Every dollar counts right?
2. Install an irrigation meter
You are charged twice for the water you use every month, once to pump it into your house and again to pump it out as sewage. If you use water to irrigate your lawn or garden the water never makes it into the sewer system. Many utility companies offer the option to get a separate meter to measure water usage for irrigation, swimming pools, and other outdoor uses. Your utility company will then read that additional meter each month and subtract it from your utility bill.
3. Look for energy wasters
Go around your home each night checking for energy wasters such as fans, lights, and appliances that are left on.
4. Set your water heater to 120 degrees
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that a heater set at 140 degrees or higher can waste $36-$61 annually in standby heat losses to keep water at that temperature and more than $400 to bring fresh water up to that temperature. That adds up fast!
5. Use reusable A/C filters
Using a permanent air conditioner filter will save you money in the long run and prolong the life of your HVAC unit. Disposable AC filters need to be changed every 3 months and cost at least $4 on up each time you need to replace them. You will easily recoup the $20-$40 cost of a permanent filter in about 15 months.
6. Upgrade your appliances
Most state/local governments and utility companies offer financial incentives for homeowners to upgrade their appliances to more energy efficient models.
7. Check for small leaks in your home
Use caulk to seal cracks around windows and doors and around holes in walls where pipes enter and exit your home. Attic insulation is also one of the most important things you can do to upgrade the energy efficiency of your Houston area home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in homes.
8. Check to make sure your meter and utility bill match up
Mistakes happen and it can be costly. Make sure you’re getting charged for the electricity that you’re actually using.
9. Buy Energy Star certified products
Energy Star identifies energy efficient products.
10. Buy a programmable thermostat
Based on your families schedule you can program the thermostat to automatically set the temperature higher or lower when your family won’t be home.
Stay tuned in to our blog for more money saving tips.