Do you cringe when opening your utility bill? Are you always hoping it’s under a certain amount? Or have you had to do a classic double take on the total? We understand the pain of high utility bills. So this month, we’ve rounded up our best tips to tackle that growing utility bill! All it takes is a few changes to start saving money and energy.
Change a few habits
A few simple changes will get you well on your way to saving more energy.
- When running your dishwasher, be sure to only run full loads. The average dishwasher uses six gallons of water per cycle. By cutting down on running half loads, you can save water and energy, which will reflect on your bill.
- The same is true for your washing machine. Be mindful of running full loads to reduce the number of washes. If your washer has an energy efficient setting, be sure to utilize it!
- Look into replacing your light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) are smart choices! These bulbs can use 25-80% less electricity and last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
Look into a smart thermostat
Investing in a smart thermostat can make a noticeable impact on your utility bill. These thermostats can connect to your wireless devices so you can control the thermostat with your smartphone. Using this feature, you can also monitor and adjust the temperature when you’re not home so you won’t be wasting energy cooling an empty home. But one of the best features about smart thermostats is that they can let you know when you’re saving energy. And saving energy translates into you saving money.
Weatherproof doors and windows
It’s like your parents used to tell you, we’re not air conditioning the whole neighborhood! Make sure you inspect your doors and windows for leaks. Caulking leaks and weather stripping doors and windows will make a big difference in air leaks. The more cool air inside means running your AC less! Which adds up to move savings on your utility bill.
Schedule a tune-up
Tune-ups can save you money and energy! If your equipment hasn’t been serviced in a while, it could be working harder than it needs to be. And more energy used means a higher monthly bill.
Our SuperTechs check all parts of the equipment to make sure connections are secure and all parts are functioning properly. Paying for a tuneup up front can catch small problems before they become big (and expensive) issues. In fact, specialty research out of Louisiana showed that no matter the age or efficiency of your unit, you can expect to save an average of $163 a year after a tuneup!
Consider a tankless water heater
If you’re serious about saving energy and water, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. A tankless water heater does not store water all the time. Instead, the water runs through the tankless heater which uses gas or electric energy to heat the water.
A great benefit of tankless water heaters is that they only use energy when a demand is present. So you won’t be wasting water (and running up your bill) until you turn on the faucet. Tankless water heaters can provide more hot water than a typical tank style water heater. That means no more running the faucet waiting for the water to finally warm up.
Do you have any tips for saving money on your utility bill? Share them on our Facebook page! And as always, call the Strittmatter SuperTechs for any HVAC, plumbing, or roofing need. Our experts can be reached at 940-566-1122.