energy bills

Energy Savings Ideas

Have you ever considered how much the dust that’s gathering in your home is costing you in energy bills?

When dust builds up on the registers and vent covers in your home, for example, it becomes “insulation” that blocks the heat’s path into the room. The harder a heater has to work to keep your home warm, the more you pay in utility costs. So, as you look ahead at winter heating bills, a thorough dusting with special attention to registers and vent covers is a good idea. While you’re at it, is that furniture really where it needs to be? By rearranging a few pieces away from exterior walls and toward interior walls, you’ll feel less draft, stay warmer and be more comfortable. Get a little sunshine into the picture too. Open the drapes and let the sun’s natural warmth heat your room at no extra cost. Then close them at night as insulators to keep warmth in.

These are just a few natural, free ways to help reduce your energy costs and increase your comfort. Other small steps can also make a big difference. For example:

  • Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat to set back the temperature while you’re away during the day, or when you’re asleep at night. A programmable thermostat can save up to $180 every year in energy costs.
  • Keep your heating system tuned-up to make sure it’s operating at its peak efficiency when cold weather comes in strong. Also, you’ll want it evaluated for any dangerous carbon monoxide leaks that may raise a concern.

It’s no news that energy costs are a big expense for homeowners. And not surprisingly, heating and cooling account for more than half of this amount. If you’d like to learn more about conserving energy in your home, call to request our free report titled, “Winter Energy Savers”.

Think Outside The House

While it’s true that there are plenty of things you can do within the walls of your home to save energy, many homeowners aren’t aware that the great outdoors can be a huge drain on your monthly energy bills. Ok, so maybe you’re thinking that if it’s an outdoor space then it’s not affecting your indoor comfort or energy bills. But that’s a myth that will cost you. To get your energy spending under control, consider these tips:

  • Sunscreen isn’t just for your skin. Outdoor spaces such as porches and patios often allow the sun to overheat your home. In fact, planting trees and shrubs on the sunny side of your house – especially ones that provide a screen for your heating and cooling unit – can help cut your energy costs by as much as 10%.
  • Seek shade – for your windows and doors that is. Installing outdoor awnings to block sunlight helps keep your home cooler during the summer months, and helps save your energy dollars – which is even more cool.
  • Saving start at the top. If you’re thinking of replacing your roof, reflective materials may be the way to go. When the sun’s heat bounces off the roof, the amount of heat entering is reduced. Even better? Many of these types of roofs are eligible for the $1,500 tax credits that end this year.
  • Install motion sensors on outdoor light fixtures. You won’t have to remember to turn them off and they will still discourage unwanted ‘guests’ during the night.

Bottom Line: Saving energy doesn’t stop inside the four walls of your home. It extends to include everything around your home as well. Being aware of outdoor energy wasters – and savers – can keep your cold, hard cash in your wallet where it belongs.