Six Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bill for the Long Term
Every homeowner in the Atlanta area can find ways to save money on utility bills. The question is how much you want to save. For the biggest overall savings, replacing old HVAC equipment with efficient models may win top prize, but there are plenty of ways to reduce your energy bill for the long run. Here are six ways to do it quickly.
Switch to Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Taking out incandescent light bulbs and replacing them with fluorescent models equals instant savings. You’ll forget about the days when you had to change bulbs frequently. Fluorescent bulbs also consume considerably less energy than incandescent bulbs. By changing fewer than 10 bulbs, you may save over $500 and receive light for 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs provide. For the added cost of a few dollars per bulb, this move is a quick and easy way to start saving.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
When you manage your heating and cooling schedule with a programmable thermostat, you maximize the energy your HVAC equipment uses. Small temperature changes, which you manage electronically, can save you $180 per year. The upfront cost for a programmable thermostat is relatively low, so it won’t take long to recoup your investment.
Seal Leaky Ducts
Leaky ductwork allows heat and cool air to escape without providing you with any benefit. Because your HVAC system must work overtime to provide standard service when leaks are present, sealing them will save you money immediately.
Upgrade HVAC Equipment
Many energy-saving tips require an upfront investment. Government rebates are available when you upgrade to certain qualifying high-efficiency equipment. Marietta Power & Water customers who replace an old gas water heater with an electric model can save $250. Add a heat pump with a SEER rating of 13 or better and the total rebate jumps to $500. The upfront investment in efficient products is higher, but with rebates and instant energy savings, it’s definitely a smart move.
Schedule HVAC Servicing
HVAC equipment can fall into disrepair when you don’t have it serviced regularly. Dirty coils, broken fans and other mechanical malfunctions force the system to work overtime, which raises your energy costs. Schedule HVAC tuneups to keep the system running efficiently. Filter changes, which greatly improve performance, are part of the package.
Another simple way to reduce your energy bill is to unplug appliances. From phone chargers and television sets to stereo systems and kitchen appliances, there are probably a dozen electrical devices that are not in use but are draining power at your home right now. Unplug these devices until someone is using them. The savings add up.
Most energy-saving tips are can be done by the homeowner, but a full home performance check will detail more steps to bring your operating costs down for good. Ask Casteel how to get started today.