How To Save 10% Per Year On Your Home Energy Bill

How To Save 10% Per Year On Your Home Energy Bill

How would you like to save 10% on your energy bill each and every year? Who wouldn’t, right?

According to Energy.gov you can save 10% on your electric bill by simply turning your AC thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours a day from it’s normal setting.

You stand to save even more by turning off the AC completely when you leave the house for work.

This can be done manually, but programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.

Also, according to This Old House, avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and higher electric bills.

During winter time, by closing your chimney’s damper, you can save close to 10% on heating that would normally go up the chimney.

When buying new appliances, look for the EnergyStar seal. By making this smart choice, you can save $80/year on your refrigerator, plus another $110/year on operating your washing machine. You can also save $30/year operating your dishwasher.

When you pick up these new appliances, your energy savings can pay for your fridge in about five years, pay for your washing machine in eight years and pay for your dishwasher in eight years.

Want to save even more? Many old-style water heaters with the big tank can cost a fortune, especially if you have a large family. Instead, you can install an energy-efficient water heater that only comes on when you need it, saving you on electric and water, that can pay for the heater in three to four years.

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