6 Tips For Saving Money On Your Energy Bill
Yikes, the temperature is rising and so is your NES bill!
You want to save money, but aren’t ready to tear up your entire house installing the latest energy efficient innovations.
I hear you!
So I asked my friend Jennifer Tlumak and her colleagues at Urban Green Lab for some EASY & ECONOMICAL tips to reduce that energy bill and be a greener homeowner!
Set your thermostat to 78°. Hmmm, 74° is the max summertime setting in my own home, but I’m inspired to start edging the thermostat up! Motivation- air conditioning represents 17% of the energy bill in the average U.S. home.
Lower your thermostat 4°-8° while on vacation. This is why you have a programmable thermostat!
Switch ceiling fans to run counterclockwise in the summer and feel 3°-8°cooler. (In wintertime, run your ceiling fans clockwise to push the warm air down into living spaces.)
Plant a shade tree. You can never have too many trees, and a strategically placed tree can reduce cooling costs up to 25%. Planted on the east and west sides of your home, the leaves of deciduous trees will shade your house in the summer months. (In the winter, the bare branches will allow the sun’s warmth to reach your home’s walls. )
Caulk, caulk, caulk cracks in doors, windows, window casings, and vents. This one step will improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20% –resulting in some serious savings.
Clean or replace your air conditioning filter regularly. A clean filter allows your unit run more efficiently. (I never remember to do this until my filter is positively black. Note to self!)
Take a few minutes this weekend to implement one or more of the above suggestions and reap some green!