Guest Post By: Kay Elizabeth Carter
Whether you’re renting or owning a home, you want to make sure that you’re able to save wherever you can with your living expenses. Did you know that you may be spending money unnecessarily on your energy bill? To discover ways to save on your energy bill and make your home more energy efficient, check out these five mistakes you may be making that are driving up your energy bill.
1. Not Changing Your Air Filters
If you aren’t changing your air filters on a regular basis, then you may be causing more harm to your home than just increasing your energy bill. Your air filter helps keep pollutants out of your home and removes dust that can clog up your HVAC. That means that an old air filter can push dirt and grime into the air, causing issues to your overall health, clogging your home’s air ducts, and causing damage to your HVAC.
2. Using Your HVAC While You’re Out
Take note of how you’re using your thermostat while you aren’t in the house. If you work during the day, your home’s temperature shouldn’t be the same as when you’re at home. Consider investing in a timer for your thermostat or investing in a smart thermostat to automatically adjust your temperature throughout the day. According to House Method, you should turn up the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away to save more energy.
3. Cranking Up the AC or Heat When You Get Home
Do you get home after a long day at work and crank the air conditioner up, thinking it will cool your home quicker? It’s easy to think that. The issue is, you aren’t cooling your home faster; you’re simply wasting money on your energy bill down the line. The way your heating and cooling system works is dependent on the outside temperatures and what the current temperature is in your home. If anything, you’re making your home cooler (or hotter) than it needs to be. Evaluate the temperature you want your home to be in order to be comfortable and just be patient when waiting for your home to reach the appropriate temperature.
4. Not Properly Insulating Your Home
Do you know the status of your home’s insulation? Having poor insulation in your home, or even no insulation at all, could cost you hundreds of dollars a year on your home energy bill. A very quick and easy way to discover insulation gaps in your home is to try and find cool spots in your home during the winter months. If you feel a draft in a certain room of your home, this area probably has a gap or crack in insulation. If you’re still unsure on how to discover areas that need proper insulation or are looking for more areas to improve your energy bill, you can always opt for a home energy audit to discover the problem areas.
5. Taking Your Windows and Doors Into Consideration
Having updated windows and doors that are properly sealed can make or break your energy bill. Make sure your doors have proper weatherstripping to ensure the area between your home and your door seals properly when the door is closed. In fact, you could be losing almost 11% of heating and cooling due to poorly insulated windows and doors.