Energy prices are constantly on the rise, and homeowners are finding it challenging to manage their monthly energy bills. Homeowners can take control of their energy usage and make a few important changes. We will provide some tips on how to lower your energy bills, making your home more efficient, and helping you save some money.
Get a Home Energy Audit
The first step in reducing your energy bills is to get a home energy audit. An energy expert can assess your home’s energy usage and determine where you can make changes to save energy. They will check your home’s heating and cooling system’s efficiency. The expert will then give you recommendations on what changes you can make. A home energy audit may identify potential for energy-saving home modifications such as LED lighting retrofits, smart thermostats, and tankless water heaters.
Get a Smart Home
Smart homes are homes with technology that allows homeowners to control and automate various aspects of their home. Installing a smart thermostat is an excellent way to reduce energy consumption. A smart thermostat will allow you to set the temperature of your home at different times of the day, and you can even turn off the system remotely. Smart lights can also help reduce energy usage. You can control your lights, even when you are not at home, to ensure that no lights are left on unnecessarily. Replacing old appliances with smart appliances is also a great way to reduce energy usage.
Update Old Appliances
Speaking of old appliances, it goes without saying old appliances consume more energy than newer ones. Replace the old with energy efficient models. When you buy a new refrigerator or washer, look for models that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. These appliances use 20% to 50% less energy than standard models and can save you hundreds of dollars each year in electricity costs.
While you are at it, recycle your old appliances. Consider taking your old one to a local recycling center or electronics store so it can be reused or recycled properly instead of thrown away in the garbage–where its components will end up in landfills. You may even receive cash back from some retailers when they recycle your old products!
Look for rebates and tax credits on new energy-efficient products before buying them; most states offer some kind of financial incentive for purchasing these items.
Conserve Hot Water
The US Department of Energy recommends setting your water heater to 120°F to conserve energy. Higher temperatures waste energy and increase your energy bills.
Water heating can account for around 20% of your home’s energy use. Reduced hot water consumption, energy-saving methods, and selecting an energy-efficient water heater for your home all help you save money on your monthly water heating expenses.
Additionally, fixing any leaks in your home’s plumbing system will help conserve water and reduce your energy bills.
Lowering your energy bills requires a few lifestyle changes and investing in energy-efficient appliances and technology. Every little bit helps, and small changes can add up over time, saving you hundreds of dollars every year. The knowledge gained from a home energy assessment is the first step in identifying areas of your home where you can save energy and money.
Contact Sin City Electrical at (702) 276-9711 for a home energy assessment and start saving money on your monthly energy bills today.