Now that winter is in full swing, many people across the country are being confronted with higher than normal energy bills. Unless you are willing to embrace the wood-burning stove life, it is nearly impossible to not see some increase in your energy bill during the winter months. However, that does not mean that there are not a lot of steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient overall! Today we will go over the three easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient, and save on that monthly energy bill.
Lighting makes up for about 12% of the total monthly energy costs for the average American. According to Energy Star, about half of the light sockets in the United States are still utilizing an efficient bulb. Not all light bulbs are created equal. LED bulbs use far less energy than traditional bulbs and can last up to 20 years. Yes, they are a bit more expensive up front, but you will get all that money back and more in the savings you see on your monthly energy costs.
No one likes a draft, and few things can cause your energy bill to rise so rapidly. Air can get into homes through gaps in floorboards, windows, doors, even electrical outlets. If you have untreated drafts in your home you are just sending all the heated, or cooled, air right back outside. Take the time to examine your house, both inside and outside, for any gaps that could be allowing air to escape. Seal those gaps with caulk or weather stripping. Trust us, this will save you a surprising amount of money on your monthly energy bill.
Many homes, particularly old ones, have an insulation problem. Either they were never properly insulated in the first place, or over time the insulation has worn away and become less effective. Make sure that the door to your attic is closed and tightly secured. Then go over every wall in your house. If you suspect it is not insulated, make a small hole in the wall. If you do not see insulation through that hole, then that wall has not been insulated correctly.
While checking every wall is a pain, having a properly insulated home will absolutely save you money on your energy bill every month.
The average American home has a lot of different components that utilize energy. From heating to electronics and lighting, it is easy to see how an energy bill can quickly skyrocket. Take the time to make your home energy use as efficient as possible. Not only is that good for the environment, but it is also good for your wallet.