If you are looking for ways to save money, stat with your home where you can make a big difference. When it comes to your home, making it more energy efficient can save you on your energy bill. With the average energy bill reaching as high as $1,500 per year, it is no wonder this is an area where cutbacks can and should be made. If you are afraid to take on the task to make your home energy efficient, don’t! There are many ways you can reduce your energy bill, and several of them are pretty easy to accomplish. Here are my 4 top ways to get smart about your energy bill this winter!
4 Tips To Cut Your Energy Bill
- Lights: This is the number one area my kids are guilty of wasting energy and therefore, raising my energy bill. If you can remember to turn off lights when you leave a room, you are making strides to cut that energy bill. Because artificial lighting makes up 15% of your energy bill, switch to a CFL light instead of an incandescent bulb. If you are going out of town, consider using a timer on your lights.
- Water: This is another easy way to reduce your energy bill. Replace your shower head with a low flow type and you can cut your water use in half. Take a shorter shower and you can cut it even more. Using a dishwasher instead of hand washing your dishes saves water and using an energy efficient washing machine can drastically cut your bill. Using cold water instead of hot or warm when washing your clothes cuts your bill by up to 15% and gets your clothes just as clean.
- Temperature: Weather striping around the outer doors is an area that can save you big. If you have a gap when you close your door, you are just letting your warm air slip right outside. When you set your thermostat at 72 in the winter and 70 in the summer, you can see a 10-20% difference on your bill. If you have a fireplace, be sure you close the damper when you are not using it. You can let 20% of your heat got up the chimney if you don’t.
- Electricity: When you are cooking, turn the heat off on your oven 15 minutes before your food should be cooked. Whenever possible, use your microwave as it can cut your energy bill by 25%. If you are not using your computer, you need to turn off the monitor on the desktop or close the lid on your laptop. On small appliances, if you are not using them, unplug them as this can save energy as well.
The folks at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), want you to be comfortable while saving money on your energy bill. They know by making simple changes to the way you live, you can a big difference on your energy bill. When you are smart about how you use the energy in your home, you are saving yourself time and money. Also, when you are not worrying about how much that check to the utility company is going to be every month, you can concentrate on more fun things! When you are making changes inside your home to save energy, you are also making changes outside as well. By being more aware of your energy consumption, you are easing the strain on your grid, which leads to less power outages in your neighborhood. Also, you are conserving your natural resources like water and gas and you are reducing the emissions that are harmful to the environment.
PG&E have a ton of great ways you can save energy, which are broken down by broken down by no cost, low cost and investment solutions. Before you start that next home improvement project, plan ahead with PG&E. They have a Money Saver Tool as well as rebate information. Before you make a major purchase on appliances, be sure to do research and plan ahead. To help you save on that purchase, PG&E has a rebate catalog available on their website and information on refrigerator recycling rebates. You can also take advantage of their energy saving ideas as well as information on the energy efficient plug-in electric vehicles.
Be sure to participate in the #PGEhome Instagram Photo Challenge Contest, which is happening November 17-23. You can be entered in the contest to win one of seven $100 Home Depot gift cards by following PG&E on Instagram. Also follow PG&E on Twitter and YouTube.
What do you do to make your home energy efficient?
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