Every year many people pay a lot more in energy costs than they need to. There are many different things that homeowners can do to reduce the size of their electric bill. Here are some ways that people can use to save energy now.
Get an Automatic Thermostat
Automatic thermostats can save you a lot of money if you take advantage of them. You can set them up the way you want and then just leave them alone. They will control the temperature during the day and at night with the temperature settings you want. Energystar.gov reports that this one change could save you as much as $180 annually.
Let It Get a Little Warmer in the Day
You can save considerable money on your electric bill if you let your home stay a little warmer in the hot summer months. Many people make it cooler than what it needs to be to stay comfortable. Set your thermostat between 78-80 degrees and let it stay there. Every degree higher means more energy saved. In the cold winter months, you can let it get colder at night since it is easy just to throw another blanket on the bed if need be.
If Possible, Use Solar Energy
The technology for using solar cells to power some of your electrical needs has become affordable and advanced enough for you to reduce your monthly electric bill, or you may even be able to get off the grid altogether. Energy.gov says that the technology works best if you live in the southwestern part of the United States.
Seal All Cracks, Windows and Doors
Making sure that there are no drafts in your home and it will certainly result in less energy usage. Take time to ensure that all doors, windows, and any other possible cracks are well sealed. Keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside and it will cost less to heat or cool all year long.
Add Insulation Where Needed
Having the right amount of insulation is one of the best things you can do to cut costs on your electric bill. Evaluate how much you currently have in your attic, external walls, basement and crawl spaces. If it is old and matted down, or not thick enough according to the recommended amounts for your area, you will want to add more.