It is a well-known fact that energy costs shoot up during the winter season because of all the heating required to keep the home warm and comfortable. Homeowners certainly need monthly energy cost saving tips to reduce energy usage and subsequent costs. Homeowners certainly cannot avoid using the heating system but unfortunately, a great portion of heat generated escapes through the windows, doors, loft and walls.
The largest chunk of the monthly energy bill results from heating and cooling. Cutting back on energy usage does not mean making the family uncomfortable. According to Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, it is important to clean heating, ventilation or air conditioning system (HVAC) every 30 days to ensure that the system runs efficiently. If the filters are clogged with dirt, more energy is used to push air through.
According to Energy Information Administration, an average household pays about $112 per month on energy bills. The largest energy consumers are water heaters and Callaghan suggests lowering of the water heater’s temperature from the standard 140oF to 120oF. According to the Department of Energy, this will reduce water heating costs by at least 4% to 22% per year.
If clothes are washed using cold water, electricity consumed by washing machines can be reduced by 90%. Estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency put energy savings per household at $40 annually. If the clothes are air dried, energy consumption will be further reduced.
In a typical American home, there are at least 40 devices that draw power even when not in use. These devices are responsible for 10% of electricity usage. For an average household to save $100 a year in electricity, phone chargers, computers and coffeemakers must be unplugged when not in use. A power strip is a useful device to allow you to unplug everything all at once.
One of the monthly energy cost saving tips that is very important to households is to upgrade appliances to energy efficient ones like LED bulbs that last much longer with 90% energy efficiency. New windows and proper insulation may require bigger upfront costs but they are long term investments for energy savings.