10 Easy Ways to Cut Energy bill in 2021

December 24, 2020

Although working from home has actually increased productivity and exercise, our pocketbooks might be feeling the negative effects of working from home. It's no secret that being home has increased costs; here are a few tips on cutting a few expenses. If you are looking to have a home audit with RESNET or Home Performance with Energy Star to audit your most significant energy loss.

Lighting - 2% savings

Turn off the lights when leaving a room. It will save you roughly 2%. Even if you think you will be back shortly, it's better to be safe than sorry if your roommates are forgetful people and leave the lights on, consider post-it notes as a reminder or motion-detector switches. Another money-saving tip, switch to LED or CFL light bulbs. 

Ceiling Fan - 19%

Install or use your ceiling fan, even in the Winter. I know it might sound odd to use a fan in the Winter. Most fans have a feature to switch the blade's direction to help push the warm air towards the ground. In the Summer, you can change the direction of the blades again, and it helps circulate cool air from the AC unit, or if you do not have AC, it will help circulate cool air. Using a ceiling fan can save up to 19%. 

Refrigerator - 4%

Keep up with Fridge maintenance. Every six months, clean the coils on your fridge to make sure it is working efficiently. If your fridge has a manufacturing date before 1993, consider making an upgrade to an Energy Star appliance that will not hog your energy. Finally, if you have a fridge in your garage, kitchen, and bar, going down to one fridge in your house can save on energy. 

Washer and Dryer - 9%

Over 80% of US households have a washing machine in them. Many Condos and townhomes have a shared community washer and dryer, and many Americans don't have a washer within their home. With laundry sitting within the top 10 most hated household chores, finding a washer that does twice the amount of work within one appliance, we couldn't help but share the load & go dispensers and washer with a dry cycle with you. -- whirlpool washer 

Upgrade Home Appliances - 12%

Home appliances take up about 20% of the average homeowner's energy bill. Using appliances that are certified through energy star will reduce energy consumption. The labels will tell you how much money will save you annually and more about its energy efficiency. Refrigerators and drying machines are the most consuming appliances in your home.  

Water Heater - 1-3% 

Water heaters have many chores within our homes, from dishes, showers, cleaning, cooking to space heaters, which is a lot of water transferred through your home. If half of US households reduced their water heater by 10 degrees, it would prevent 239 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. If you are struggling with heat loss, consider an insulated cover for your water heater, it will reduce heat loss by 24-45%. Some of the best water heaters on the market are tankless or solar water heaters, and they can save you up to 14% on your energy bill.

Windows - 12% savings

Now replacing all of the windows in your home can be expensive, roughly $500-800 per window, you could be looking at a hefty replacement bill. You can do a few things to help with your window issues before having to go out and replace the entire window. First, use caulk and weatherstripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows. Second, you can purchase insulating curtains or paste Low-E film to the window to cut heat loss. 

Install a Programmable Thermostat - 10% savings

With over half the US homes already having a programable thermostat, the ket is learning how to use it to its fullest. When it comes to cutting costs, there are a few things to focus on. Program your thermostat to turn down or off when you're sleeping, at work, or at school. Then comes the ultimate debate, what to have the thermostat set at during the Winter and Summer. The ideal target temperate for Winter is 68 when you're home and 55 while away. Now when it comes to Summer, your target temperature is 78 while you are home and 82 when you're away. Those are "ideal targets" just keep in mind this is all for energy reduction. 

Dishwasher - 3% savings

Let's start out by saying dishwashers have come a long way over the years. It's unnecessary to rinse off dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, and ultimately hand washing dishes use a lot of water. Although, running your dishwasher at night and during off-peak hours will save you the most on your energy bill. Finally, even though it can be challenging to do or your washer might not allow it, opt for air-drying or hand drying your dishes instead. 

Phantom Load - 5% savings

Oh, the phantom power suckers. Anything plugged into an outlet, even while off, can draw energy. It is a minor change in habits to fit this phantom problem by either unplugging electronics or plugging them into a power strip and switching it off, which will save you money while they are not in use.