10 Easy Ways to Reduce Energy Costs

Energy Savings

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Energy Costs

Whether it’s warm or cold outside, we know homeowners are always looking for ways to save on monthly energy costs. Luckily, there are some easy ideas to put to use and we’re going to show you how in the following 10 steps.

  1. Adjust Your Thermostat

Most modern thermostats allow you to automatically reduce your energy use during certain times of the day. By adjusting your thermostat to operate at lower temperatures in the winter and higher temperatures in the summer when no one is home, you can greatly reduce your monthly heating and cooling costs.

  1. Conserve Water

Many homeowners don’t realize how much water they actually waste over the course of a single month. To combat this, attach low-flow devices to your shower heads, faucets, and even toilets. This will automatically reduce water usage without you having to rely solely on willpower. And in addition to doing your part to conserve energy and promote green living, these parts will actually pay for themselves in time.

  1. Adjust Your Ceiling Fan

It might surprise you to know that there is an optimal direction to have your ceiling fan spin depending on the season. Having fan blades rotate counter-clockwise during the summer allows them to “pull” warmer air toward the ceiling and away from living areas. In contrast, during the winter you can switch to clockwise to “push” warmer air downward.

  1. Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs may appear more expensive but they also last over 30 times as long as incandescent bulbs and use approximately one-fifth as much energy according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That’s a win-win for greening your home. While these bulbs are often more expensive up front, like most green products designed for your home, they will actually pay for themselves in a relatively short time. And, your local electric utility may offer rebates or discounts for LED lights.

  1. Close Doors and Curtains

Depending on the time of year, you can reduce the costs of heating or cooling your entire home by simply keeping heat and sunlight in or out of certain areas. Doors and curtains are a great way to do this. During the winter, closed doors can trap heat in desired areas while closing curtains in the summer can help keep sunlight out. Small changes can add up to big savings over the course of a season.

  1. Use Smart Appliances

As we as a country have become more energy conscious, manufacturers have taken notice and created products that align with their customers’ values. One way they’ve done this is by creating more energy efficient appliances. These appliances are labeled with an Energy Star label and can include dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washer and dryers. There’s no need to buy them all at once, simply replace each one as needed with an energy efficient model.

In fact, some utilities offer rebates for installing Energy Star appliances or may even help you discard your old refrigerator when you replace it.

  1. Plug Air Leaks and Insulate

Air leaks around doors and windows in a home can put an added strain on your HVAC system and increase your monthly energy costs as a result. By simply replacing any worn stripping around doors and caulking around windows, you can maintain a comfortable temperature inside with much less effort.

Checking your home for adequate insulation is another way to keep your energy costs low. Start with your attic and look for exposed piping and other areas where you might be able to add additional insulation. Having the proper amount of insulation takes the strain off your HVAC to keep replacing escaped heat from your home.

  1. Change Your Furnace Filter

This is a quick change that can add up to real savings over the long-term. By simply changing your furnace filter every few months, it is better able to operate at peak efficiency and reduce your heating costs as a result.

  1. Wash Clothes in Cold Water

According to energy usage data, using cold water when doing laundry can lower your annual energy costs by well over $100.  There are many laundry detergents available today that are optimized for cold water laundry.  In addition, using shorter cycles and waiting until you have a full load can add even more to your yearly savings.

  1. Change Energy Suppliers

Not all energy supply companies are created equal. In fact, many have plans that could allow you to secure monthly energy costs while offering renewable options to reduce your carbon footprint as well. Powervine Energy offers several options with no disruption in service or equipment to buy. And choosing Powervine only takes a few minutes.

Thanks for reading and we hope these small changes help add up to real saving on your future energy bills.