If you’ve been wondering how you can help the environment and your bank account then you’re not alone.
You might think you’d have to take extreme measures to make significant changes, but technology has improved and there are better resources available for use today that will give you amazing results.
If you follow these four simple tips, you could be well on your way to seeing huge savings on your utility bills this year.
Keep it Smart and Simple with a Programmable Thermostat
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Let’s be honest with ourselves and talk about how technology is changing every facet of our lives, including how we keep our homes running.
You can kickstart your energy savings by upgrading your home with a smart thermostat, which is more affordable than ever, plus it will save you money in the long run as it adjusts to your custom settings and saves you the hassle of needing to keep an eye on it throughout the day.
With a new smart thermostat, you decide for yourself how much you want to save by adjusting your temperature settings, then relax while it adjusts automatically to your daily routine.
Reduce Your Water Usage with a Tankless Water Heater
When was the last time you took a good look at your water heater? There’s a good chance you haven’t given it much thought, but unlike traditional storage tank water heaters, tankless water heaters offer a direct method of providing hot water on demand.
The energy-saving method of a tankless water heater does tend to cost more initially for installation and repairs but will save you money year after year and typically lasts much longer than than the storage tank water heaters.
Install Energy-Efficient Lighting
You’re unlikely to find an easier path to saving money on energy than replacing outdated incandescent light bulbs with long-lasting, energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Not only do the newer energy-efficient lights use up to 90 percent less energy, which in itself offers considerable savings for your budget, they also can last up to 15 times longer per bulb.
Check for Energy-Wasting Leaks, Drafts, and Poor Insulation
Have you ever watched a fully inflated balloon deflate from the smallest leak? It’s alarming how all that energy can dissipate with such a tiny problem.
Now imagine your home having the same problem. That’s a much bigger issue than a simple balloon. Your home could be wasting energy left and right if you don’t check for hidden energy-wasters.
Take the time to look for unusual variations in your utility bills. If your water bill is unusually high, you might have a water leak that has gone unchecked. If you’ve been heating your home without efficient results, you could have an abundance of windows that need to be properly sealed or it might be time to add an extra layer of protection with necessary insulation.
No one likes to waste money. Now you can help yourself with these straightforward strategies of installing the latest technology and checking for hidden energy-waters.