People often turn off unused appliances to reduce energy usage, but that step
won't necessarily make a significant dent in energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75% of home energy usage occurs when appliances are off. Reducing energy usage can be challenging, but these electrician-approved tips will help you save on your utilities.
1. Switch to LED Light Bulbs
Light bulbs can consume lots of energy even if you switch off the lights every time you leave the room. LED lights are more energy-efficient than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. They're also longer-lasting! Replace your bulbs with new LED lights to enjoy long-term savings.
2. Try Air Sealing
Hot and cold air can escape your home throughout the day, making it harder to maintain the right temperature. Detecting and sealing air leaks can dramatically cut utility costs and keep your home comfortable. It's common to find air leaks around windows, doors, and areas where piping or wires pass through your walls. Once leaks are spotted, you can quickly seal them with caulk.
3. Make Some Electrical Upgrades
If you live in an older home, your electrical components are likely less efficient than they could be. Work with an electrician to replace outlets, electrical panels, and other dated parts. Also, consider replacing the wiring in your home, especially if your house has aluminum wiring. These improvements can lower your energy usage and make your home safer.
4. Start Using a Programmable Thermostat
A smart or programmable thermostat will give you more control over your home's temperature. Instead of keeping your home at the same temperature throughout the day, your thermostat can automatically adjust temperatures when you're not home. Some systems even provide suggestions that'll help you conserve energy.
5. Cut the Costs of Water Heating
Since water heating is a significant expense, you should pay attention to your spending and find ways to sa
ve. If you have an older water heater, consider replacing it with an energy-efficient model. Alternatively, you could try insulating your current water heater or turning the thermostat on the heater down by a few degrees.
Energy costs are a considerable expense that adds up as time goes on. However, conserving energy can lower your monthly utility bills, leading to long-term energy savings. Whether you seal off leaks or work with an electrician to update older electrical components, you'll find many ways to save. Contact us at Samco Electric Inc to learn more about ways to conserve energy!