December 5, 2023

Jasmine Salser

Timeless Home Decor

12 Ways To Cut Your Energy Costs

Introduction

Winter is a great time to try and save energy in your home, since you’ll be spending less time there anyway. But, you can do these things year round! There are lots of small things you can do to reduce your power usage:

Use a programmable thermostat.

  • Programmable thermostats are a great way to save money on energy bills. They can be set to automatically adjust the temperature in your home, which helps you cut down on heating costs during peak times and cooling costs when it’s hot outside.
  • You can also use them to set different temperatures for different times of day. For example, if you’re at work all day and won’t need heat or air conditioning until evening time, then setting the temperature lower will make sure that your space doesn’t get too warm while no one is there to use it–and then once everyone comes home from work and school (and turns on lights), that same setting will increase back up again!
  • Another benefit of using this technology? It allows homeowners like yourself more control over how much money they spend each month on utilities such as electricity or gas by allowing them complete access over when certain appliances are used within their homes; meaning if there’s ever an issue where someone forgot something turned off before leaving town then now there won’t necessarily be any repercussions caused by their mistake because everything else will simply return back into place once again upon returning home themselves!

Replace your old windows with newer ones that block heat loss.

If you’re in the market for new windows, it’s worth spending a little extra money on ones that are insulated. Insulated windows are more energy efficient than regular windows and will pay for themselves in just a few years. Plus, they’ll last longer than non-insulated versions–no need to buy new ones again!

Replace your furnace and air conditioning system if it is more than 12 years old.

If your furnace or air conditioning system is more than 12 years old, it may be time to replace it. The life expectancy of a furnace is 15-20 years, while that of an air conditioner ranges from 10-15 years.

When you think about the cost of replacing a system, consider how much money you could save on energy bills over time. If the initial investment seems like too much, consider getting a loan from us at First National Bank! We offer competitive rates and flexible terms so that we can help get you back on track financially no matter what your situation may be right now.

Add insulation to walls, attics, and basements to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Insulation is a key part of keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can be added to walls, attics, and basements for maximum effect. The more insulation you have on your walls, the less likely you are to feel drafts coming from them. Similarly, if there’s enough insulation in your attic then there won’t be as much heat escaping through it during cold weather months (because there won’t be any gaps or cracks).

Insulation helps keep your home warmer in winter months while also making it cooler during summer months by preventing too much heat from building up inside your house–or vice versa if you live somewhere where temperatures change drastically throughout year! Insulation is also relatively inexpensive compared with other ways of saving energy so even if you don’t think this step will make much difference initially it will definitely pay off down the road when those bills start coming down month after month…

Seal up cracks and holes where drafts can come through.

Sealing up cracks and holes where drafts can come through is a great way to save energy. You can use caulk, weatherproofing spray, foam insulation or even a door sweep to seal the area. If you have an older home with no insulation in the attic (or if you have very little), installing new blown-in cellulose insulation will help keep your home warmer in winter months. You’ll also want to make sure that any window treatments are closed during cold weather months so they don’t allow cold air into the house through cracks around them or glass panes that aren’t sealed properly by double-paned windows

Shut off lights when you leave a room or go on vacation.

  • Shut down lights when you leave a room.
  • Turn off the lights at night or when you go to bed, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights in your house: lamps, ceiling fans, etc., especially during the day when they’re not needed as much and can be left on throughout the day without causing any harm (just make sure they aren’t left on by accident).

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  • Keep your refrigerator door closed as tightly as possible to reduce energy use by 5-10{b49b303a7b364ea97526b80c05df49c778ed6cb5d57b8fb402e2f2bd6d1200d4}.
  • If you open the door, close it immediately.
  • If you open the door to retrieve food, close it immediately.
  • Use a refrigerator thermometer to check the temperature of your fridge and freezer (the ideal temperature range is between 34-38 degrees Fahrenheit).

Turn down the water heater to 120 degrees F (48 degrees C) or lower, which will save 10{b49b303a7b364ea97526b80c05df49c778ed6cb5d57b8fb402e2f2bd6d1200d4} or more on energy bills.

The temperature of your water heater can have a big impact on your energy bills. If you turn down the thermostat on your tank to 120 degrees F (48 degrees C), which is recommended for most homes, you’ll save 10{b49b303a7b364ea97526b80c05df49c778ed6cb5d57b8fb402e2f2bd6d1200d4} or more on energy costs.

The easiest way to adjust the temperature is by buying an electronic controller that automatically keeps track of how hot or cold the water gets and adjusts accordingly–no need for manual adjustments! You can also do it manually by adjusting a knob on top of the tank; just be sure not to go below 120 degrees F because this could cause damage over time. Keep in mind that some older tanks might not have these controls at all; if yours doesn’t have one yet but needs replacing soon anyway, consider adding one before installing a new unit so that future owners won’t needlessly waste money by leaving their tanks set too high as well!

It’s important not only how low we turn ours down but also how often we check them: Most experts recommend checking once per month during winter months when temperatures tend toward freezing outside (or even less often if there’s snow covering parts of our roof). This helps ensure everything stays working properly inside – especially those parts responsible for keeping us warm enough inside during cold spells!

Decrease the temperature of hot water pipes by wrapping them with an insulating blanket or sleeve – this will cut down on wasted hot water and save you money on your bill!

  • Wrap pipes with an insulating blanket.
  • Wrap the pipes with a sleeve, or “pipe sleeve.”
  • Get a more expensive pipe insulation cover from the hardware store, which will keep your water hot longer and save you money on energy costs!

Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible – this saves money on your energy bill and prevents damage to clothes from excess heat in the dryer! Also consider buying a front-loading washing machine if you can afford one – they require less detergent and save money on running costs too!

Your clothes should be washed in cold water whenever possible. This saves money on your energy bill and prevents damage to clothes from excess heat in the dryer! Also consider buying a front-loading washing machine if you can afford one – they require less detergent and save money on running costs too!

Front loading machines are more expensive than top loading ones but they use less water and detergent, which means that over time they pay for themselves because of their lower running costs.

Conclusion

The best way to save money on your energy bill is by making small changes that add up over time. By implementing just a few of these tips, you can cut down on your energy use and save money for other things in life!