We are always looking for new ways to save, especially if it’s on those dreaded monthly energy bills. Today we will be talking about some ways you can save money so you can start setting goals and checking them off of your list in light of the new year.
Tip #1: Install LEDs
Lighting can account for a pretty decent chunk of your energy bill, and the type of lighting you choose can either make or break the banks. LED lighting uses 90% less energy compared to a standard light bulb. Many homeowners have not switched their lighting to LED, or have switched some but not all. Each LED bulb will save you $3-$4 annually. Think about how many lights you have in your home and start doing the math!
Tip #2: Install a smart thermostat
Installing a brand new system can cost a lot of money upfront. If your system is over 10 years old, it could be beneficial to invest in a brand new system that runs more efficiently. If you are not ready to take that step-no worries. Installing an updated thermostat is also a great way to save money on monthly energy bills. Programmable thermostats have money saving features, and it will help your system run more efficiently.
Tip #3: Install a zoning system
A zoning system is technology that performs targeted temperature control. Let’s say you only use the upper portion of your home, and the basement only gets used for when guests come 2-3 times a year. A zoning system can divide spaces that you use vs. spaces that you don’t use often so your entire home isn’t being heated or cooled to max temps. You may be thinking, why not just close doors and vents? Blocking off sources of airflow can damage your system which will cost way more in the end. A zoning system has the technology to notify your system that certain portions of your home don’t need as much heating or cooling which prevents your system from overworking itself.
Tip #4: Block gaps and insulate
If you feel like your home is not heating or cooling to its fullest potential, it may be a good idea to check your doors and windows to see if any air is escaping from your home. Simple DIY strategies such as caulking and weather strips can save you money on your energy bills. Another way to save is above you. If your attic is not insulated, we highly recommend that you take the time to do so. Insulating your attic will do wonders in preventing hot and cool air from getting out of your home, and of course it will save you money.
Go into the new year with savings in mind. For any heating and cooling services, contact 72 Degrees today! You can reach us at 515-965-7272 or visit our website at 72degrees.com.