Every appliance and electronic gadget that we have consumes electricity and adds up to your electric bills increasing each month, which adds to our financial burdens as homeowners or renters. To stabilize, and in most cases reduce this burden for you and your family, we have compiled this list on how to lower those monthly electric bills with these home energy saving tips so you can still enjoy all those new gadgets you have recently purchased and want to continue to use.
How To Conserve Energy
· Let us begin with the basics and how your home is sealed, do you have any gaping holes or leaks in your home?
We must ensure that our homes are well sealed to keep the warm air in and the cold air out! This keeps our heaters running at maximum efficiency, and keeps the heating bills down. If there are leaks or seals that aren’t working, then it will put an extra burden on our heating appliances and raise our electric or gas bills. If you live in a warmer climate, a well sealed home will help to keep the temperature of your house stable and reduce the burden on your air conditioner and will help you to save some money on your energy bills!
To make sure your home is properly sealed, keep your windows, sills, door frames, and joints tight. You can also apply a sealant on these locations so that the air from the outside does not enter your home or your cool indoor air doesn’t cool off the outdoors as well! The same can be applied to colder climates where you are heating your home instead of cooling it, as you don’t want the warm air escaping and heating the outdoors, nor do you want the cold outside air unnecessarily cooling off your warm home! Whether you want to heat or cool your home, a properly sealed house will keep your heater or air conditioning system operating at maximum efficiency, and saving. You surely don’t want the warm or cold air go in and out of your home. This will consume many more dollars over time.
Use insulation. Insulate your attic to an R-value of 38 for a gas-heated home and 50 for an electrically heated home; your walls to an R-value of 19; and your sill box (upper portion of your basement walls) to an R-value of 10. Proper insulation allows you to use less energy to keep your home warm. Insulate around windows and doors. Weather-strip and/or caulk all areas of noticeable leaks around windows and doors. Removable caulking is a good option for windows that you open in summer but not in winter.
In the cold months, heat loss can also occur from your windows. To minimize this, you can use storm windows if you have them, or you can get some plastic to cover them from the inside from your local hardware or department store. Plastics are the best material to to protect your windows from drafts that can cool down your home and force your heating system to work harder and increase your energy bills.
Your heat vents are also important. Free flowing heat ventilation and air grills will maximize the flow of heat in your home. Keep interference such as rugs, furniture and drapes away from them.
On moveable sections of windows and doors, you may want to use weatherstripping. Weatherstrips are rubber materials that seal the movable object from its non-moveable object. This will go on garage doors, exterior doors, operable windows, and door of attic.
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