Save Money, Stay Warm
Did you know that the average American spends around $2,000 per household on energy costs every year? According to Benefits.gov, a White House initiative to build, launch, and manage a government-to citizen website, nearly 45% of those costs are heating-related.
To help you and your loved ones save money, stay warm this winter, the
U.S. Department of Energy points out some simple things you can do around the house to save money,
Consider upgrading the traditional light bulbs in your home.
According to Energy Saver, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) consumer resource on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies at home, by switching to brighter, safer, and more eco-friendly ENERGY STAR® qualified LED light bulbs, you'll wind up using 70% less energy than with traditional bulbs.
- Turn off your computers and monitors when not in use. You can also plug your home electronics (TVs, DVD players) into power strips that you can easily turn off when the equipment is not in use.
- Save money, Stay warm: Lower your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Save money, Stay warm: Identify air leaks in your home and seal them. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, unless your home was specifically built for energy efficiency, you can most likely reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation. Many older homes have less insulation than homes built today, but adding insulation to a newer home can pay for itself within just a few years. Insulation inhibits heat flow through the building envelope of your home, ultimately saving money, improving comfort, and even helping to prevent water damage caused by frozen pipes.
Another great way to save money, stay warm and improve your home's energy efficiency is air duct cleaning. Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that HVAC system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span, and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems.
In addition to save money, stay warm this season you want to keep you and your family healthy. AdvantaClean Indoor Air Specialist: Share the Joy of the Season, Not Germs is a great segment on AdvantaClean sharing tips to keep allergies and sickness away during the holiday season.
More info? For more information the importance of insulating your home for colder months, read one of our other posts: How to Insulate Your Home for Winter.