How to save on your heating and cooling costs
The cost of living seems to rise every year, and it can be difficult for homeowners to find savings in their regular household expenses.
One of the largest concerns from New York to Texas is how to save money on energy costs. If you live in Texas, or are moving to the Lone Star State in the near future, you have options when it comes to your electricity – you can compare electricity providers and find the best rates for you. The expense of using electricity is too high for many families, and they need to find more economical ways to run their home.
The good news is there are several ways that you can save money on your heating and cooling costs. If you are in the south, you’ll probably want to find ways to reduce your cooling costs in the summer.
The same can be said for anyone living in the north that is trying to stay warm in the winter months without breaking the bank.
Even with the best electricity rates in Texas or New York, there is still room to bring your costs down even further. Let’s take a look at a few innovative ideas and tools that you can use to save big on your heating and cooling costs.
If your home is not properly insulated, you may be losing much of your heat and air conditioning and wasting valuable energy. Your HVAC systems end up working overtime to keep the temperatures in your home comfortable, making your bills higher each month.
It’s a good idea to check out the current insulation in your walls and your attic. If you have gaps or deteriorated insulation, it may be time to add more or replace the areas that are no longer properly protected.
Seal your windows and doors
You don’t need to barricade your doors and windows in order to eliminate the chilly breezes that get in through the gaps.
Adding a line of weather stripping to the outside gaps in your windows and doors can help you manage your inside temperatures more effectively. Even the smallest crack along your windows and doors can dramatically affect your indoor temperature.
Install double paned windows
Most older homes are equipped with only single-paned windows that can allow heat and cold to penetrate your home.
Replacing older windows with eco-friendly and efficient double-pane windows can help you to reduce your energy bills and keep your home comfortable in the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter.
Use a smart thermostat
Stop paying money to heat and cool your home when you aren’t there. Most homes sit empty for more than eight hours a day while their occupants are out at work.
By installing a smart thermostat you can program your HVAC systems to turn on and off when you need them. This can eliminate a lot of wasted energy and save you up to 40% on your energy bills.
Choose energy efficient appliances
Older style washers, dryers, refrigerators, and even your dishwasher can cost you a pretty penny and use way more water and energy than newer, eco-friendly models.
When it’s time to replace one of the major appliances in your home you can save money and energy by purchasing an energy-efficient model.
How much money can you save?
For many homeowners, it’s not just a case of saving money that prompts them to make small energy-efficient changes, but also the desire to reduce their own carbon footprints.
By following some of our tips that include replacing older appliances and windows and reenforcing your home with proper insulation, you can save money and energy on your heating and cooling costs.
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