Tips for Reducing Your Energy Bills
Energy bills seem to get bigger every year, and more and more people are not able to keep warm in the winter months. There are ways that can help to keep the cost of staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer lower, and here are a few suggestions you might want to try.
Insulate Your Attic
As much as 35% of the heat generated goes straight out through the roof when an attic is not insulated. It is not a huge job to have done, but can reduce your energy bills dramatically. The type of insulation used can be affected by the style of roof your home has, and it can be done in more than one way.
If the insulation material is laid immediately above the ceiling of the top floor, no heat will escape from your home into the attic, but the attic space will be cold. If you do not use the space, that will not be a problem. If the insulation is placed immediately under your roof, then heat will seep into your attic space making it a warm area of the house which could make it more useable.
Most people relate attic insulation to keeping their house warm but in the summer months, it can reduce the number of the sun’s rays that get into your home, helping to keep it cooler when it is hot outside.
You should seek advice on the best type of insulation for your attic space, as although it is not an expensive task to get done, you do want it completed in a way that will save you the most energy.
Insulate Your Walls
Whether insulating your walls is an easy or difficult job depends largely on when your home was built. For many years, homes were built with solid walls and in this case, you can either have internal insulation, such as dry-lining, or external insulation such as cladding. These days, homes tend to be built with cavity walls and this involves pumping expanding foam into the gap between the two layers of stonework. It is not suitable for all homes, especially those that have a damp problem or are located in an area that suffers from high wind-driven rain.
Insulation installers will be able to advise you on the best way forward with this, and on how to get the most benefit from it. Insulating any part of your home will help to keep it warmer for less cost, and as the materials used tend to last for years, you will soon recoup the outlay involved. There are some state and federal grants available for some insulation projects and they are worth looking into before paying all of the expenses from your own funds.
Insulate Your Floors
Whether floor insulation is worthwhile has been debated for many years, but it is now proving to be a popular option. It is only worth insulating underneath the ground floor, as giving other floors the treatment would just stop heat circulating within your home.
Insulating the floor if it is immediately over a garage could be especially effective in helping to keep your home warm.
Heating and Air Conditioning
The cost of running your heating and air conditioning systems is the largest part of your energy bills. Most people realize they need to have them serviced every year for safety reasons, but do you also know that the older they are, the less efficient they become? This means that even a fully serviced heating and air conditioning system can be costing you more than you need it to.
If you are looking for the best heating and air conditioning units, California based company Semper Solaris come highly recommended for anyone concerned about the size of their energy bills. The business was originally inspired by the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, with one of the co-founders having been a Captain in the US Marine Corps. They pride themselves on running the business with military precision as well as employing as many war veterans as possible.
They do not just supply efficient heating and air conditions systems though. They can also help you if you need a heating and air conditioning repair or HVAC maintenance. The experts at Semper Solaris are also able to assist you with solar panels and battery storage if you make more electricity than you need. These are all things that can make a huge difference to your energy bills, and you should seriously consider updating to a more efficient heating and air conditioning system.
Update Your Equipment
The same applies to all other electrical equipment. The older it is, the less energy efficient it becomes. A dishwasher that is more than 5 years old, for instance, will use an extra gallon of water every wash compared to a new dishwasher and will take the extra power need to pump the extra water around. A gallon of water may not sound much, but if you use your dishwasher once a day, that is 7 gallons a week, or 364 extra gallons every year. That is a lot of extra water to pay for and a significant increase in your energy bills. This effect also relates to laundry equipment and even kettles will use more power as they age.
Updating your energy provider could also help with the cost of running your heating. I switched to bulb last year and saved £100’s.
Stop Putting Equipment to Sleep
Every little red light that stays on overnight when you put a computer or TV into sleep mode is costing you money. In fact, each one is adding almost a dollar a week to your energy bills. Just add up how many TVs, computers, printers, sound systems and anything else you have in your home, and you will soon see that they are increasing your energy bills by an amount that is well worth saving.
You and your family need to be educated to turn every piece of equipment off totally and you will soon see the reduction in the amount of energy you are using.
Fit LED Light Bulbs
LED lights are the cheapest to run. Change all your bulbs to them and you will reduce your energy bills. They also last a lot longer than traditional bulbs, provide a more even light, and are more flexible in their use. You can change the levels and colors with a remote control if you have the system fitted.
If you and your family are concerned about the environment then LEDs are even better, as they are more eco-friendly on disposal than any other type of light bulb. The lower cost of running them and the environmental impact of them being less is why many authorities now use them for street lighting, and why stores use them to illuminate their products and window displays.
Keeping Everyone Warm, or Cool
These are just a few suggestions of ways to lower your energy bills while still keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There are other simple things that can be done, such as sealing any gaps in window frames or doors or maybe lowering the temperature by just two degrees. No one will notice such a small drop, except for you when the energy bills arrive.
Some of the suggestions do involve you laying out some money, but in the long run, they will save more than they cost.