How to Reduce Your Energy Bill

Last Revised on November 18, 2010

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Keeping your home warm this with heat energy year won’t be cheap, but there are ways to lower your bills if you know how to do it correctly.
Ways to reduce electricity bill

Seal the air leaks: you will be able to save more than 10 percent on your heating bills. Start by caulking or weatherstripping around windows. For added comfort, pick up a product such as the 3M Indoor Window Kit at the hardware store.

Insulate your water heater. Very few people take a cold shower. Especially during the cold winter, installing a hot water heat jacket can save you a lot of money. Experts say that the most efficient water heaters in the market lose heat due to design flaw and the material allowed to use. As a homeowner, you can buy a insulating jacket for 10 or 15 bucks which will save you more than hundreds of dollars every year in heating costs.

Give your utility company a call. A lot of utility companies offer special programs during winter season. Some do free energy audits, some give away free programmable thermostats and other offers discounts and rebates on different appliances.

Take care of the heating system: Natural gas–powered systems should be serviced every two to three years, while oil-fired units need a tune-up every year, since they burn dirtier. To make your system even more efficient, prevent heated air from leaking into your attic or crawl spaces by sealing ductwork with mastic duct sealant, which are nontoxic, paint-on material or foil-backed tape.

Trust Energy Star: It is estimated that 20 percent of our electricity bills are from funning our home appliances. But we can shrink that number by large margin by using the fridges, clothes washers, and dishwashers that qualify for the Energy Star. Energy Star fridges are available from many major manufacturers like GE and Frigidaire; they use half as much energy as those manufactured 15 years ago and 15 percent less than new non–Energy Star appliance models.

Time for small home improvements. Federal government is offering  tax credits upto 30% on purchased items such as high-efficiency heaters, water heaters, solar electric system, hot water heater, geothermal pump, wind turbine, fuel-cell system stoves and other cold winter products. It expires at the end of this year.

Replace your bulbs. As easy as it sounds, many people don’t do it. Did you know that replacing your common household light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs can reduce your electric bill upto 10%? These fluorescent bulb comes in different shade of light, and various sizes.

Use microwave for small portion foods. Microwave uses a lot of energy, but the power is used so efficiently that it ends up saving a lot of money on food heating expenses.

Use ceiling fans to cool down. If it is too warm inside the house, use the fan on high setting instead of changing thermostat to make the entire house cold.

Put warm wash on washing machine. Heating water up for washing machine cost a lot of money too. The best way to reduce bill in this category is to use cold wash, if possible, otherwise change the wash temperature setting to warm instead of hot.

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One Response to “How to Reduce Your Energy Bill”

  1. green environment Says:
    January 28th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    use green and environment friendly resource to save energy. you will save a lot of energy in the long run.

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