A Dozen Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Now that spring is here and warmer weather is on the way, there are plenty of things you can do around the house to save energy and money. Try these 12 energy-saving tips:

1. Service your air conditioner. Easy maintenance such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent.

2. Turn on the ceiling fan. Cooling with ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat four degrees because the moving air makes it feel as if it cooler on your skin.  If you don’t have ceiling fans, use a regular box or oscillating fan.

3. Don’t use the oven or stove. On warmer spring days, keep the heat out by cooking on an outdoor grill. Or have a cold meal, such a sandwich and salad or chilled soup.

4. Install window treatments. Energy-efficient blinds, shades and films can help keep the heat out when temperatures rise. They not only improve the look of your home but also reduce energy costs.

5.  Raise the thermostat. On warm days, setting a programmable thermostat to a higher setting when no one is home can help reduce energy costs by as much as 10 percent.

6. Seal and insulate ducts. Air loss through ducts can lead to high electricity costs, accounting for nearly 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy consumption.

7. Get rid of incandescent light bulbs. Replacing them with CFL (compact florescent light) bulbs is a smart move. They can pay for themselves in a little over a year.

8. Use natural lighting as much as possible. Avoid heavy window treatments and instead opt for translucent shades that provide privacy while allowing light into the space. Clean your windows. And if your lights are on a timer, check them to ensure they are only on when needed.

9. Look for the Energy Star label. This international standard of energy efficiency is available on a wide range of consumer appliances. You can save up to 30 percent on related electricity bills by using products that bear the Energy Star label.

10. Air dry your laundry instead of using the dryer. Clothes dryers are responsible for as much as six percent of a household’s electric bills so use them as sparingly as possible.  Plus, sunlight has natural bleaching and natural disinfecting properties that get remove stains and kill germs.

11. Reduce your water heater temperature. Make sure your water heater is turned down to save energy on heating bills. Water heated to higher temperatures also poses the safety hazard of scaling.

12. Clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils. When dust and pet hair build up on them, the motor works harder and uses more electricity. Make sure the sure the coils are cleaned and air can circulate freely.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Eight Smart Tips for Preventing the Flu

We’re now at the height of the flu season and it seems as if everyone is either ill or recovering from a bout of the flu. If you don’t make an effort to prevent it, odds are that you’ll catch the f...

Stick to Those New Year's Resolutions!

While it may be tempting to make a list of New Year’s resolutions that’s as long as your arm, it’s important to remember that it’s actually a time to reflect on the past year’s behavior and promise...

Celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

“We call you to commemorate this Holiday by making your personal commitment to serve humanity with the vibrant spirit of unconditional love that was his greatest strength, and which empowered all o...

Don't be a Christmas Grinch! Follow these Holiday Sleep Tips

With all of the festivities and preparations that holidays bring, it's a wonder we get any sleep between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Most of us run ourselves ragged trying to cram as much ho...

Eight Easy Ways to Create a Joyful Holiday Atmosphere

Transform your home into a festive gathering place for family and friends this holiday season. These eight simple decorating ideas will turn your house into a merry residence that’s sure to delight...

Watch Out for Hidden Salt

We all know we shouldn’t eat too much salt. Overdoing it can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other heart-related diseases. The problem is that salt is hidden everywhere, ev...

Six Tips for Coping with Grief at the Holidays

Whether your loved one died recently or decades ago, the holidays stir up powerful memories that may trigger your grief. If the person died on or near a holiday, the two events are forever linked...

Five Easy Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

Being grateful for our blessings shouldn’t be something we do only on Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful for all year long.  And there’s ample research that shows that being gr...

Seven Tips for Beating Holiday Stress

Thanksgiving is just days away, marking the official beginning of the holiday season.  And while it should be a jolly, festive time, for many of us it’s a season riddled with anxiety. Too mu...

Seven Smart Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Now that fall is here, it's time to prepare your home for the cold weather that’s just around the corner. Follow these seven pointers to lower your utility bills and protect your home investment ...