Home Energy Audit
Conduct this easy Home Energy Saver self audit. It’ll help you get a baseline on what needs improved. It’s not as intimidating at it may sound.
Leave the House
The easiest way to save money is by making money. By that, I mean leave the house! Plan your days so that you’re out of the house many hours. This means your house can be cold and it won’t even bother you. Ideally, you’ll have a programmable thermostat which will kick on an hour or two before you arrive back home. Otherwise, you’ll be cold for a long time after coming back home late.
One of the best ways to hack your energy bill is to begin an energy saving family challenge. It’s a great way to get the entire family involved in coming up with fun and creative ways to lower your household energy bill.
Lower the Thermostat
How low can you go? Lowering the thermostat just a few degrees can save you hundreds during the long winter months. Instead of wearing beach clothing around the house, put on sweaters and thick socks. It’s not hard and it will allow you to turn down the heat without freezing.
Drop a few degrees. Add a few layers of clothing.
If you’re building your own house, think about adding in wall insulation. Even think about adding additional insulation to your current house. While it might be expensive at first, you’re going to be saving a lot of money in the long run. Insulation in your walls will help regulate temperature, both in the winter and summer. For winter months, it will help keep the heat trapped inside the room, cutting down on the amount of money you have to spend heating the house.
Only Heat Certain Areas
Do you really need to heat every area of the house? Think about the areas where you barely spend time. If you only go into the basement to do laundry, for instance, why would you want to spend the money to heat it? If you rarely use a spare bedroom, what’s the point of having heat in there? Before the cold weather hits, think about what rooms you don’t need to heat. Close them off from the rest of the house. This will cut down your heating bill significantly.
Wear Warmer Clothing
Most of us don’t see the point of having to wear a sweatshirt inside our own homes. But we definitely should! As mentioned earlier, stop wearing beach clothes at home when it’s the middle of winter. What’s the harm in lowering the temperature a little bit and putting on a sweater or sweatshirt? Or even wrapping up in a blanket? Those blankets and clothes aren’t costing you any extra money but turning up the heat will.
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