You could spend the whole day reading articles about all the ways to renovate your home to be more energy efficient in order to save money. But we can save you a day of research and tell you all you need to know right now. Below are five simple steps you can take to save yourself up to $920 per year in energy costs.
1. Seal air leaks
Buy a few cans of Great Stuff and knock yourself out over a weekend to seal around:
- Plumbing lines
- Electric wires
- Recessed lighting
Savings: Up to $230 a year
2. Hire a pro
To seal ductwork and give your HVAC a tune-up, hire a pro. Unexpected repairs can be tough to manage financially, and preventative maintenance can help to keep them at bay. Leaky ducts are a common energy-waster.
Savings: Up to $412 a year
3. Program your thermostat
Consumers (at least 40%) admit they don’t program their thermostat for energy savings.
Savings: Up to $180 a year
4. Replace all light bulbs with LEDs
Switching to LED bulbs can use up to 75% less power. Once you have your lighting fixtures purchased, call Metro Electric to have professionals install your upgraded fixtures.
Savings: $75 a year or more by replacing the five most frequently used bulbs with Energy Star-rated models
5. Reduce temperature
On your water heater, set your tank heater to 120 degrees — not the 140 degrees most are set at, from the manufacturer. Also wrap an older water heater and the hot water pipes with insulating material to save on heat loss.
Savings: $12 to $30 a year for each 10-degree reduction in temperature