The more energy efficient you become, the less electricity you use. This alone offers instant utility bill savings, which is why most energy-efficient improvements pay for themselves very quickly.
Going solar will lower your electricity bill. But reducing your energy consumption will lower your bill even more, because you’ll need fewer solar panels to cover all of your electricity requirements—meaning you’ll need a smaller installation that will cost less.
When done correctly, energy-efficient improvements to your home can dramatically increase the return-on-investment (ROI) of your solar installation.
This is a super simple, quick, and inexpensive change to make. When you swap incandescent bulbs for CFLs or LEDs, you receive the same amount of light using far less energy.
And those savings can really add up. Energy-efficient lights can save you up to $80 over the lifetime of each bulb.
If you have 12 sockets in your home, that’s nearly $1,000 in savings!
Talk about living brighter!
Is your thermostat running on high all day to keep your home at your ideal temperature? Are your lights turned on? Then it’s time to make an expensive but significant change.
Install outlet timers and programmable thermostats so you can control when appliances are running and even control them while you’re away from home.
When you think about it, there’s no need to have lights on or the AC running when no one is home—it wastes energy and your money!
Did you know that, based on a study by ACEEE, you use 3–5% more energy for each degree that your air conditioner is set below 24 degrees Celsius/75 degrees Fahrenheit?
So, set your thermostat to 25 degrees Celsius/77 degrees Fahrenheit to provide the most comfort at the least cost.
You can even use ceiling fans to supplement the air conditioner, as a ceiling fan costs much less to operate.
Lower the average temperate on your hot water heater a couple of degrees so it isn’t working harder and using more power to maintain a hotter water temperature.
It’s easy to do, and a few degrees isn’t a noticeable change.
Don’t believe us? Try it out for yourself!
HVAC units work much harder (and consume more power) when they’re dusty. Help it out!
Regularly cleaning out your ventilation system by vacuuming filters and vents can deliver measurable savings.
Also, be sure to schedule maintenance with your local HVAC technician to keep your AC running smoothly and efficiently.
Keep your curtains drawn for longer periods of the day. According to the US Department of Energy, this simple technique can: