It’s the first full week of 2020 and you’re still trying to figure out that resolution, right? On the Wire blog, we’re here to spark some ideas by doing what we do best; helping you to further save money on electricity usage! Check out our tips below on energy savings habits you can take up in the new year.
Most homeowners think in order to save big you need to spend big. Things like new A/C systems, solar panels mounted on your roof or replacing every window in the house with energy efficient material. This is not the case! In the grand scheme of things, you have tons of electronic devices in your home that can drive up the usage each month, and a set of solar panels won’t decrease your overall usage.
Start by swapping outdated incandescent light bulbs to high efficiency LED bulbs. They’re only getting cheaper and can last up to 25 times longer than standard bulbs. Homes with LED bulbs can save up to 80% of electricity compared to normal usage. And we’re just not talking about the bulbs in your fan. Outdoor flood lights, recessed ceiling bulbs, lamps, Christmas lights and even the bar style bulbs in your garage can be replaced by LED bulbs!
Don’t forget to set a timer for any corded lighting fixture by using a smart plug of similar smart device. Your trendy bistro string lights are probably underutilized at 3AM on a Tuesday anyways!
Before you call the HVAC guy to come quote and replace your A/C unit, simply plan for a tune up and duct cleaning. Clean ducting in your home cuts down on the energy lost when pumping hot or cold air through your home. Have them make sure there’s no damage to vents in your attic and be sure that you change your home’s air filters regularly. This alone is less expensive than a full-on replacement and diligent maintenance can save you energy through the year.
Now that you’re seeing clearer and breathing cleaner, you can take your 2020 energy saving steps even further by unplugging all your extra appliances that aren’t in use, setting up a smart thermostat and even adjusting your water heater’s temperature. The strategy for saving money by adjusting your usage isn’t always accomplished by one big and expensive change, but many small ones across your entire home.
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