• How To Save on Your Power Bills

    Oh, for a bill free life… not possible, I hear you say; but what if you could lower gas bill and even electric bill costs starting with a home energy audit? That would help; even if it’s just a little.

    Home Energy Audit Your Home to Lower Gas Bill

    When you learn that cellular and honeycomb shades can help you reduce heat loss (up to 86%) and reduce heat gain (up to 80%), it’s worth taking a closer look at some ways to lower your gas bill and electric bill. 

    honeycomb and cellular blinds

    A small tool like this inflatable chimney balloon can save you upto $100 a year, locking cool or warm air in your rooms, and reducing your monthly costs.

    home energy audit tip - use an inflatable chimney balloon

    When your fireplace is not in use, cooled or warm indoor air drifts up the chimney; lost forever. Meanwhile, you keep paying your heating or cooling bills. While you might thinking that closing the chimney flue is the answer, closed chimney flue is no guarantee that air is not escaping up the chimney.

    A better and easier solution is to block the airflow using an inflatable chimney balloon. Want to know more?

    Here is a great post by Hilary Smith on how to reduce you natural gas costs starting with a home energy audit.

    Simple Ways to Save on Natural Gas

    Guest Post Hilary Smith

    For those of us who rely mostly on natural gas for our primary source of energy, there are many ways to save on this valuable resource and reduce monthly utility bills. Whether your home uses mostly natural gas or consumes more electricity, according to statistics, these rates are relatively equal in terms of overall usage across the United States.

    When it comes to saving electricity, there are obvious ways to conserve and cut these costs; turning out lights in empty rooms, changing incandescent bulbs to energy-efficient bulb models, using a tankless water heater, etc. Here are some great cost-cutting measures you can take, no matter whether your household uses gas or electricity. 

    START AT THE BEGINNING

    It’s important to begin with a home energy audit to understand how energy is being used in your home. Whether you hire a professional, use your local utility company, or DIY the project yourself, this process will help you design a road map to making your home more energy efficient. 

    A home energy audit pinpoint places where air is escaping through out your home; cracks around doors and windows, failed weather stripping, inadequate insulation and problem insulatation. Applying inexpensive caulking, replacing failed or old weather stripping and insulation is not only relatively easy, it’s also budget friendly and easily pays for itself.

    HVAC ATTACK

    HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) units account for the majority of utility bill; whether you are using gas or electricity. The best way saving cooled or heated air inside is to keep it from escaping in the first place.

    Adequate insulation in attics, walls and crawlspaces or inadequate floor coverings will help reduce the loss of air. Don’t forget to change HVAC filters regularly. Annual maintenance of units will prolong the units life, make it more efficient, reduce unexpected repair costs, and reduce monthly utility rates.

    CONTROL & CONSUMPTION

    You are already aware that adjusting thermostats a little higher in the summertime and lower during winter months will save significantly on energy costs. But maybe there is a better way.

    For example, reducing a hot water heater setting to 140 degrees can save you more than $400 a year.

    Adding an inexpensive insulation blanket to a hot water heater which costs around $30, is easy to install and will save you up to $45 a year on natural gas costs.

    If you are looking for new heating units or accessories, make sure you read “best tankless water heater reviews“, customer ratings, Energy Star ratings and customer recommendations to find the best appliances at the best prices that suit your home, lifestyle and budget.

    Don’t ignore floor coverings, draperies and blinds to help you block heat during the summer months and keep warm during cold winter months. It might seem like 

    home energy audit to reduce heating costsSource: Pinterest

    And remember: Trim tree branches or shrubs to increase natural sunlight around your windows to maximize heat gain into your home. And don’t forget to close drapes at night to cut down the effects of drafts or cold air coming through windows.

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