Your Home Can Save You Money
Life can be expensive - groceries, gas, clothes, education - and seemingly everyone is looking for ways to save money. I mean, who wouldn’t want to save money? One of the biggest sources for potential savings is the home and with a few tweaks, that potential for savings might just become a reality. A trusted name in all things home improvement, Bob Vila is still at it offering us 14 Ways to Cut Costs.
Programmable Thermostats - Readily available, mostly easy to install these handy devices can save 1% annually for each degree you turn the heat down for an 8-hour period according to energy.gov . Smart thermostats can even automate this and learn your schedule!
Attic Fans - These fans alleviate some of the work your A/C unit faces in the Summer by drawing hot air out of the house via the attic. The attic fans are inexpensive to operate & your A/C unit is working less equating to you saving money.
Water Restrictors - The water heater is the second largest user of power in the home - second only to the HVAC system. By installing water restrictors in your shower head, less hot water is used reducing the effort for your water heater. You could save up to $25 a year per shower head.
Water Heater Blanket - Speaking of the water heater, it too can lose heat just as you do from your body. Water heater blankets are specially designed coverings meant to help keep heat in saving you money.
Thermal Curtain - These curtains have built-in foam between the layers of fabric acting as insulation for the windows preventing the temp you want inside from becoming the temp you don’t want outside. This helps save on use of HVAC saving you money in the long run. They also act as insulation from light giving you a pitch-black space to sleep.
Insulation - When’s the last time you thought about that pink stuff in the attic or basement? Insulation is constantly being improved upon and worthwhile taking the effort to replace or reinforce with new insulation. This is an easy DIY project saving you money on labor and, depending on the size, could save you up to $500 a year on energy bills.
Energy Efficient Bulbs - Electric bills seem to just keep going up. A quick way to put a dent in that bill is to replace every light bulb in the house with an energy efficient one. This could save between 25-80%.
HVAC Maintenance - A simple and cheap maintenance routine is to change those air filters in your air returns at least twice a year. It’s also a good idea to have your system serviced at least annually by a professional. Just like your car, a well maintained HVAC system will work more efficiently saving money down the road.
Wash In Cold Water - Hot water should be reserved for more heavily soiled clothes than not. Using cold water reduces the amount of hot water needed from the water heater thus reducing the amount of effort the water heater needs to produce. Less hot water means less money.
Toilets - Dual flush toilets offer two different amounts of water needed to flush depending on the need. Another idea, if you don’t want to replace your toilet, is to displace the amount of water in the tank by adding a brick or other object. Be careful not to restrict the mechanics in the tank, however.
Smart Power Strips - Vampires, or should I say energy vampires, suck a lot of energy within homes. All those devices you think are turned off are actually still using power. Smart power strips shut-down the energy to devices on standby reducing the cost of your energy bill.
Clean the Fridge - Keeping a clean refrigerator, especially the fans and vents, will help the unit run more efficiently by ensuring adequate airflow and using less energy.
Water Temp - We’re back to our good friend the hot water heater. Most water heaters are set to 140F but if that was cut by 10 degrees or so, you’ll spend less money each year on heating water and most people don’t even noticed the temperature difference.
Use the Dishwasher - Yes, that’s right, the dishwasher actually saves you money. Hand washing dishes often uses more water than the dishwasher. As long as the dishwasher is full, it is more economical to use. Hooray!
A Tip from Roost Home Watch
When the time changes, we generally change the batteres in the smoke & CO2 detectors. Why not make it easy on yourself and add in changing the HVAC filters, too. Roost Home Watch is there when you can’t be. We’ll be happy to change these for you when you’re not here.