Utility costs can be one of the biggest expenses of owning a home after loan payments, insurance and property taxes. You have to pay for your water and electricity, and depending on where you live you may also need to pay for natural gas. To keep your utility payments as low as you can here are some ways to tighten your wallet and save money on your utilities.
Install Energy-Efficient Lights
Traditional light bulbs waste a lot of the energy that they produce in the form of heat, which makes them very inefficient. In order to prevent wasting energy you can replace all your traditional bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. These lights cost quite a bit more up front, but they are much more efficient which means your monthly electric costs will be lower. An added bonus is that they last a lot longer than traditional bulbs so you have to replace them much less often. People who install CFLs typically hit the break-even point within a year and then start saving money after that.
Weather-Proof Your Home
Many homes have higher-than normal utility costs because they aren’t fortified against the cold and heat. Older homes especially can be very energy inefficient. To weatherproof your home, you should fill in all cracks and gaps around doors, windows, outlet covers and other places with either caulk or weather stripping. This will help to keep the cold air out in the winter and the warm air out in the summer, which will make your HVAC system have to work less. That should save you money on heating and cooling bills.
Keep Your HVAC System In Good Shape
The better maintained your HVAC system is the more efficiently it will work which will save you money on your heating and cooling bills. Some things you can do yourself include changing the air filter regularly and hosing down your compressor outdoors to clean out dirt and debris. You also should schedule yearly HVAC service with a company such as Allcounty Plumbing & Heating Corp.
Install Energy-Efficient Appliances
Every time you need to replace an appliance in your home, be sure you are choosing the most energy-efficient one possible. Each appliance that is more energy efficient than the previous one can save you dozens of dollars a year on energy costs, which piles up over time.
These are just a few energy-saving tips. Following these and others will help to lower your energy costs and help you to save money on your utility bills. Be sure to take the time to try them out and find the best methods for you.