With energy costs on the rise, there are several steps homeowners can take to reduce utility bills without spending a dime. Although it may not be obvious at first, here are nine easy steps that can save you energy and money:
- Rearrange your furniture. Put seating like sofas and chairs on interior walls. The exterior walls and windows may let in drafts and make you colder.
- Set the thermostat lower. By setting your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower, you can make a big difference on your energy bill. If you are leaving the house for a long period of time, turn the thermostat off completely.
- Shut vents. Turn off or shut vents in rooms where you do not spend much time. While you are using the bathroom, go ahead and open it, but there is no need to keep that room heated all of the time. The energy can be used elsewhere and reduce your overall energy use.
- Take shorter showers. Reducing the time you spend in the shower, even by one minute, can make an impact on your water bill. Take shorter showers, or even colder showers, and you’ll see a difference.
- Let the sunshine in. Take advantage of sunny days and allow the natural warmth from the sunlight heat your home for free.
- Use appliances efficiently. Do not run the dishwasher or washing machine when you do not have a full load. Run the wash on the cold water setting if possible.
- Reduce energy leaks. Some electronic items like TVs and DVD players use power even when they are turned off. Unplug any device that has a block-shaped plug when it is not in use and the savings will add up.
- Close the fireplace. Keeping the fireplace shut will allow less air to escape your home.
- Put your computer monitor to sleep. Change your computer settings so the monitor goes off sooner rather than later.
Though these tasks may seem small, the overall savings can really add up. The experts at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air can help you determine the best ways to make your home as efficient as possible. Contact us todaywith any questions regarding your home comfort system.
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