We are celebrating National “Cut your Energy Costs” Day this January 10th with ideas for improving your home’s efficiency and reducing your energy costs in 2020!
Did you know?
According to Freddie Mac, an average U.S. Family spends $2,200 per year on energy bills.
Making easy, energy-efficient upgrades could save you up to 30% on your costs!
You can assess your home’s energy efficiency and see how it measures up using the Home Energy Yardstick, to calculate how best to maximize energy efficiency and potentially lower your bills
TOP 10 Ways to EASILY improve your Home Energy Efficiency:
Lower your Thermostat: lowering just 10-15° during the day can save up to 30% of your total costs-even better install a programmable or SMART Thermostat to keep you comfortable while you save.
Switch to CFL (Compact Fluorescent) or LED (Light-emitting diode) lights: CFL’s and LED’s reduce electricity consumption over incandescent lights by 25-80% and last YEARS longer.
Weather-Proof your home: Air leaks and insulation gaps can reduce heating and cooling efficiency by as much as 50%!
Take shorter showers & change your showerhead: Shorter showers mean less hot water to heat and a better high-pressure showerhead allows you to save energy AND water!
Unplug your appliances: all those countertop gadgets suck up power. Unplugging them reduces the amount of “vampire energy” they use throughout the day.
Plug into a powerstrip or SMART Plug: Speaking of “vampire power”, don’t forget about your TV’s, lights and electronics. Using a power strip or SMART plug to control which devices use your home’s energy when you’re not around can add up to a smaller electric bill.
Run your dishwasher and washing machine when full: this seems like a simple thing, but few Americans, on average, stick to it. Running your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads, you can see up to a 10% increase in home energy savings.
Change your HVAC Filter and Clean your air ducts: dirty filters, air intake, and ducts can lower your energy efficiency and significantly reduce air quality. Be sure you change your filter at least every 90 days for the best results.
Have your furnace serviced or replaced: Heating and Cooling account for almost 30% of your total energy use in your home. Be sure yours is the most efficient by having it professionally serviced or replaced with a new high-efficiency one that will save you for years to come.
Get an Energy Audit: DIY your way to a higher energy-efficient home using the Home Energy Yardstick or connect with us for our list of the best Energy experts who can help you save big on energy bills this year!
Call or message us TODAY for our list of our favorite partners to help you keep your home in tip-top shape!
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