If you’re anything like us, then you’re constantly looking for ways to lower your energy costs so that you can keep more money in your wallet. And while this is relatively easy to do in milder seasons like the spring or the fall, when it’s extremely cold or hot outside, you can sometimes end up spending as much as double, if not triple, the cost on your utilities just so you can keep the rooms in your house at a comfortable temperature.
So, if you’d like some tips that can help you to effectively manage your energy costs, even in extreme weather conditions, you’re in luck. We’re about to provide you five great tips to help you achieve that very goal below:
Use more natural light. If you have a lot of big windows inside of your house and you happen to be someone who works from home, rather than turning on your overhead lights or a lamp, why not open up your curtains or blinds and rely on the sun’s rays instead? Natural light not only helps to give you the Vitamin D that you need, but it can also significantly reduce your energy bills too.
Install a programmable thermostat. Something that every house needs is a programmable thermostat. We say this because once you have one installed into your home, you can pre-set it to it the temperature that you want it to be, both when you’re home and when you’re away. That way, you won’t have to worry about wasting your central heat and air.
Let dishes and clothes dry naturally. If you happen to have a dishwasher and/or washer and dryer unit in your home, there are two things that you can do to save more energy. For one thing, don’t run either appliance until you have a full load. Secondly, rather than using the dry feature on your dishwasher or drying your clothes all of the time, let them air dry instead. (Do take note that allowing your clothes to air dry is best in the summertime.)
Turn on your ceiling fans. While a lot of us tend to use our ceiling fans for not much more than aesthetic purposes, they are actually a really good way to reduce your energy costs. In the spring and summer, you can use them to make the rooms in your house as much as five degrees cooler. And in the fall and winter, by setting them to rotate in the counterclockwise position, you can get them to pull the warm air that’s up around your ceiling closer to where you are.
Purchase some Energy Star items. If you were to read an article on Energy.gov’s website about understanding general HVAC terms and efficiency ratings , one of the things that it would probably mention is that if it’s time for you to get a new HVAC unit, you might want to invest in one that has an Energy Star label on it. Energy Star products are ones that have been tested in order to insure that they are using less energy than most standard models. For more information on Energy Star and all of the items that they have to offer, visit EnergyStar.gov.