A smart thermostat saves you money by setting temperatures higher during cooling and lowers during heating. That’s it. Smart Thermostats make your homework for you. Using smart learning technology, a Smart Programmable Thermostat can learn what you like and automatically adjust itself to your comfort level.
The average savings per year:According to the EPA, proper use of a programmable thermostat helps the average household save nearly $200 a year in energy costs.
If you have an older house, your windows may have lost their seal over time, and air could be escaping through hidden gaps and cracks. Be mindful if the air is entering the home through the windows, the air is also leaving. Having bad windows will raise your energy cost significantly. Have old drafty windows is almost the same as leaving your doors wide open on your home after you combine all the cracks that you have. You must ask yourself, how much of your air-conditioned air is escaping during the summer, and how much of your heated air is escaping during the winter?
The average savings per year: The EPA EnergyStar program estimates that the average U.S. home can save nearly $465 a year when replacing single-pane windows.
Film/ Tint Over Windows
A few years ago, I added tint on my windows at home. Adding Anti UV Residential Vinyl Wrap reduces glare and harmful UV rays, protecting your furniture from fading over time, reduces energy costs up to 50%, insulates your home/office to stay cool in summer and warm in winter. I was able to notice savings in my utility bill in the first month!
Ceiling Fans are considered the most effective of these types of fans because they effectively circulate the air in a room to create a draft throughout the room. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Not only do ceiling fans provide you with better ventilation, but you’ll also save money.
When buying ceiling fans, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. Fans that earn the label move air 20% more efficiently, on average, than standard models.
The average savings per year: The Department of Energy estimates savings of about 1 percent for each degree of thermostat adjustment per 8 hours.
Sealing Air Leaks Around Your Home
One of the most effective, and proven solutions to lowering your monthly energy costs is to address issues with air leaks. Detecting and sealing air leaks can easily help keep your heating and cooling costs under control and your electricity bills manageable.
There are a few different ways that you can go through and seal the leaks that you do find.
– Doors: Doors can be sealed with caulk or weather stripping materials.
– Holes: Openings and holes for plumbing, ducts and electric wiring can be caulked.
– Outlets: Outlets and switch plates that are leaking air can be sealed if you simply install foam gaskets.
– Large Baseboard Gaps: Fill these areas around the floor, door, and window opening with foam sealant.
Average savings per year: According to the US Department of Energy, taking the time to reduce leaks and drafts in the home can save up to 30 percent per year in energy costs.
Change Your Shower Head
You can purchase a low flow shower head which doesn’t cost a lot and will push out less water. Or you can purchase a slightly more expensive shower head with ShowerStart technology.These shower heads conserve all the water that runs while you wait for it to warm up and alerts you to it. The cost of these shower heads should be recovered in just a couple of months. ShowerStart technology saves time, water, energy, and money without lowering water flow
Average Savings per year: Average family will save 14,600 gallons per year.
Get in the habit of not just turning off the lamp but unplugging it. Even items that are turned off pull electricity when they are plugged in. An easy way to do this is to plug things into a power strip and unplug it when you are not using them. You can also upgrade to a smart power strip which might be easier.