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5 Tips to Cut Costs on Your Home's Energy Bill

Jenna Taubel

Jenna Taubel About The Author

Dec 14, 2017 5:05:00 AM

The energy bill in your home can fluctuate throughout the year depending on the season. Many people can see their bill increase during the warmer months when the HVAC is in use each day. If you want to cut costs on your home's energy bill, there are a few tips to follow to begin saving money.

1. Open Your Vents

Many people don't realize that closed vents in the home can cause the HVAC system to work harder than necessary. It's a myth that closed vents will reduce the energy usage on the property, making it necessary to keep everything open. The filters will also need to be replaced every few months to promote proper airflow.

2. Service Your Air Conditioner

Hiring a professional to inspect your air conditioner is necessary to ensure that all of the parts are working correctly. They'll also be able to clean the appliance and perform any repairs that are needed. According to Classic Air, regular HVAC maintenance can increase the lifespan of your system, allowing it to run more efficiently and dealing with issues before they develop into serious problems. Proper air conditioning maintenance should be performed at least once each year.

3. Rely on Your Ceiling Fans

Keep your home cooler during the summer season by turning on the ceiling fans. They should run counter-clockwise, which will push hot air up and out of the room. On colder days, the fans can spin clockwise to ensure that heat is trapped.

It's also useful to add blackout curtains to the windows, which will prevent cold or warm air from seeping into the building. The thick material of the curtains will also block sunlight from entering the home to prevent it from increasing the temperature of the interior setting.

4. Turn Off Electronics

Leaving computers and coffeemakers turned on when they're not in use will increase your energy bill each month. Items like the printer or fax machine can also be unplugged when they're not in use.

5. Measure the Laundry

It's important to measure your laundry loads to ensure you're not overstuffing it with too many clothing items. The dryer will likely be run for too long if you can't get the large pile of clothes clean in one drying session.

There are several ways to reduce your energy usage and save more money. With the right steps followed, you can limit your energy consumption while allowing your home to remain comfortable for your family.

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