Creating a comfortable home is one of the most important objectives for people. This may be even more true in the last several months while we have been quarantined. It has also been a good time for assessing the ‘health’ of your home and addressing issues you may have overlooked. In this blog we will provide information on a variety of energy wasters in the home.
Lights. According to multiple sources, over 10% of a monthly electric bill can be attributed to lighting. These include indoor and outdoor lights with the bill percentage increasing during the longer winter nights. Use energy efficient bulbs wherever possible. Make it a habit of turning off lights not in use and use solar LED lighting outdoors at night.
Water heater. Research shows that nearly 15% of the monthly electric bill is dedicated to the water heater. Indeed, heating water is very expensive. However, there are certain steps a homeowner can take to lower the cost of heating water. One excellent option is to buy a ‘tankless’ water heater that only heats the water as needed instead of maintaining a large tank of hot water on a continuous basis. You can also set the water temperature lower at 120 degrees.Have your water heater checked annually to ensure heat is not escaping into the surrounding area. You may also choose to wash clothes in cold water. That can result in a savings of $40 annually.
HVAC. Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems account for the majority of a homeowner’s electric bill, often as much as 50% of the monthly costs. There are a variety of things you can do to bring this expense under control. These include installing a programmable thermostat, regularly replacing filters and sealing ducts. A programmable thermostat may save the homeowner up to $200 dollars a year while changing filters monthly will not only be fiscally rewarding but will also keep your air cleaner. Finally, sealing ducts improves the energy efficiency of the HVAC systems.
There are other energy wasters that we will address in a future blog. For now, we urge you to turn your lights off, change your filters and lower your water temperature in taking the important first steps in saving money!