Are you sick and tired of being disappointed when you open your monthly energy bill?
There’s no reason you should be paying hundreds of dollars more per month than you actually need to.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do right now that will significantly lower your monthly energy bill.
How to Use Less Energy At Home
1) Seal Your Home’s Envelope
During the fall (and spring) it’s important that you inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks, gaps, or holes that need to be filled and fixed.
These exterior spaces allow for your home’s heat to escape during the cold weather months (and allow the hot air outside to make its way into your home during the warm weather months).
Fix any cracks and holes in your home’s siding, install weatherstripping on all window and door frames, have your attic inspected for the proper amount of insulation, etc. And while you’re at it — make sure you have your HVAC system serviced in both the fall and spring to prepare for the upcoming seasons of extremely cold or hot weather.
2) Make the Switch to LEDs
If you’re still buying cheap incandescent light bulbs, then you’re throwing your money away with each day they're used.
Traditional incandescent bulbs might be the most inexpensive light bulbs on the shelves, but they’re cheap for good reason. They use a LOT of energy and need to be replaced frequently compared to more energy efficient models.
By spending a little more, you can switch to LED light bulbs which will use less energy per month and will need to be replaced significantly than traditional bulbs. In the long run, you’ll be saving more if you switch all bulbs in your home to LEDs.
3) Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater
When your home is equipped with a traditional water heater, you’re going to spend more per month simply because water will be heated and stored in the tank. When you switch to a tankless model, water is heated on-demand and you’ll instantly see the difference in your monthly energy bills.
Homeowners also hold onto their old tank water heaters for far too long. Most traditional water heaters are only efficient for roughly a decade, so holding onto your old fixture too long will hurt you because you’ll be using an outdated and inefficient unit. Newer tankless models have an increased lifespan of over 15 years — making the upgrade well worth the initial costs.
Overspending on your monthly energy bills is completely avoidable if you actively make smart decisions about your home.