No matter the location or time of year, saving money on your electricity bill never goes out of style.
But with costs rising every year, what's the best way to save on energy bills? The good news is that you don't necessarily need to make major changes to save. There are plenty of simple changes that you can make to save on electricity, and every bit of savings adds up in the long run. Let's take a closer look at six home improvement tips for lowering your electricity bill.
Whether you're looking at big upgrades like purchasing new appliances or simple home improvement changes like using energy-efficient light bulbs, there's plenty that you can start doing to lower your home's energy costs:
1. Turn Electronics All the Way Off
Many popular home electronics like TVs, Blu-Ray players, computers, gaming systems, and even appliances continue to consume electricity even when they're not in use. Every month, electronics often use more energy when turned off than when turned on. So rather than simply pressing the "power" switch on each device, plug key electronics into a power strip and turn it off when they're not in use.
2. Switch to LED Lights
If you haven't yet made the switch to LED lights around the house, now is a great time to make it happen. LED light bulbs are available at any home improvement store and cost less than ever. In addition to using less energy, they're also brighter than traditional bulbs.
3. Efficient Insulation
While it's not as simple as flipping a switch or replacing light bulbs, making sure your home is properly insulated will go a long way toward lowering your electricity bill. Choose the right type of insulation for your home, while also making sure all windows, doors, vents, and light fixtures are properly sealed. If you're feeling a draft, it's always best to find the source and seal it.
4. A Smart Thermostat and HVAC Maintenance
Most homeowners spend significant time away from home each day, and it's very easy to forget to set your thermostat to the right temperature before you leave. Purchasing a smart, programmable thermostat will allow you to waste less energy on heating and cooling when you're out and still have your home feeling cozy by the time you get back.
5. Lower Your Water Heater Temperature
The water heater is often one of the biggest energy drains in any home, so lowering the temperature on your heater can be a great way to save. By lowering the temperature to around 120 degrees, your water heater will use less energy, while still providing warm, comfortable water.
6. Blinds and Curtains
There are times throughout the year when it's great to open the curtains and let the sunlight in, but it's also important to be able to block out the sunlight when it's causing high electricity bills. Purchasing blinds and curtains for windows will help you keep the heat out in the summer while still allowing you to enjoy the sunlight during cooler seasons.
The best way to start saving on your electricity bills is to be conscious of your energy use. Start small with simple changes to your daily routine to see your savings add up. A more significant home improvement investment like a new HVAC system or appliances may also pay off in the long run with lower electricity bills.