As all homeowners know, utility bills can be expensive. There are a lot of tips out there that tell you how to save money with your utilities, but it usually comes with the cost of losing comfort. For example, a common suggestion is to set your air conditioner to 78 degrees. However, if you’re like me, that’s an uncomfortable temperature. Fortunately, there are other ways you can save money while also staying comfortable in your home.
Replace Air Filters
Most homeowners are throwing money out the window, simply because they don’t clean or change their air filter. A dirty air filter can cost up to 50% more each month. In general, you should clean or change your air filter at least once a month. I’ve found that you can get the best price on replacement air filters online, especially if you buy in bulk.
Even when electronics are turned off, like televisions, they suck energy. This is usually caused by “standby mode” – where a TV maintains the use of electricity so it can be quickly turned back on. Since it’s inconvenient to manually unplug electronics each night, consider using a digital timer that will shut the power off (and back on) for you.
Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Incandescent bulbs are very, very inefficient. Compact fluorescent bulbs use about a quarter of the energy that incandescent bulbs use. That means you could be saving 75% on your electric bill for the power that lights your home. They also last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs, so you don’t have to switch them out as often.
Get Energy Efficient Fans
Sometimes your ventilation system can’t do all of the work and you need the help of fans. Fans are excellent at circulating air and also making your overall environment feel cooler. Energy efficient fans also use very little power.