5 Ways to Save on Your Utility Bill
As the seasons change and the weather gets colder, many people are looking for ways to cut energy costs. Thankfully, there are many simple things you can do to save money on your next utility bill.
1. Lower Your Thermostat
Heating accounts for a large portion of your utility costs for the winter months. Heating and cooling expenses typically make up over 50 percent of the energy costs for the average home.
In order to cut back on these costs, you can lower your thermostat by a few degrees. For every degree you lower your thermostat by, you can save 3 percent on your monthly utility bill.
2. Use Light Bulbs That are Energy Efficient
LED light bulbs are the most efficient way to illuminate your Magnolia home. In fact, a 40-watt LED light bulb uses about six watts of power.
This is 85 percent less than what a standard light bulb would use. These bulbs are more expensive, but they have the potential to last up to 20 years, and they can even cost as little as 72 cents to operate.
3. Get a New Shower Head
Nobody wants to hop in a cold shower, so most people just keep the water running until it warms up. This can waste about 7,800 gallons of water per year. Thankfully, there is a simple solution. By installing a new shower head with ShowerStart technology built in, you can conserve hot water and reduce your water usage.
The device decreases the flow of water to a trickle until you pull on a chord indicating you are ready to run the water normally. It costs lest than $30 and will pay for itself within a few months.
4. Avoid Standby Power Energy Use
Nearly $10 billion is wasted every year due to standby energy costs. The United States Environmental Protection Agency claims that new technology will automatically turn off when it isn't in use.
This technology will otherwise stay on standby mode and waste electricity. In order to reduce these standby costs, you can also buy smart power strips. They can save you up to $100 per year and only cost $30.
5. Look Into a Programmable Thermostat
You don't need to be heating your Magnolia home when you aren't there during the day. If you program it correctly, a programmable thermostat can save you nearly 30 percent on your heating and cooling costs each month.
No matter how big or small your home is, the cost of utilities can be a large expense, but they don't have to be. Keep these tips in mind and your utility bill will be much lower next month.
Try to save during this holiday season on your Magnolia, TX home utility bill. Call Affordable American Air Conditioning & Heating at (281) 704-3696, for any questions or further assistance.