A U.S. Department of Energy study found that the average energy expenditure per person in the state of Michigan is $2849 each year. Additionally, the average family in the United States spends over $1,600 annually on utility bills, with a significant amount of energy being wasted each month. You can take action today to start saving money each month by reducing your energy consumption.
Conduct an Energy Inspection
An energy inspection will show you which areas use the most energy. This costs no money, and will require very little time out of your day. A complete inspection should include:
Check all light bulbs
Ensure that all appliances are running efficiently
Check insulation levels
Look for open fireplace dampers
Search for openings around doors, light and plumbing fixtures, and other places where air can flow
Conduct a heating and cooling test
Money Saving Energy Tips
Invest in LED lighting. LEDs are very energy efficient, and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. Since LEDs use only a fraction of the energy of an incandescent bulb there is a dramatic decrease in power costs. Your initial cost up front will be more than a standard incandescent bulb, however your long term payoff will be tremendous.
Caulk and strip any doors and windows that air can flow through. If air is continually getting into your home or business, this will cause your heating or cooling system to run harder and longer than necessary, causing higher rates each month.
If you do not have a programmable thermostat, consider investing in one. The U.S Department of Energy suggests the following settings in order to save up to 15% off your energy bill:
For the hours you’re home, program the temp to 68°F.
Lower by 10° to 15° for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house.
For the hours you’re home, program air conditioning to 72°F.
For the days you don’t need cooling, manually shut off the AC. Keep in mind, it will kick back on if the house gets too warm.
Program the AC to shut off during the hours you’re out of the house. Program to turn on heat or air conditioning 20 to 30 minutes before you come home each day.
Consider replacing windows if they are no longer fully functional. Double pane may be beneficial considering they have coatings that reduce heat loss or gain, depending on the season.
When the time is right, replace your appliances or technology with the most efficient Energy Star® Products. These products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy.
Create Healthy Energy Habits
Remember, your home or business’s energy bills reflects your energy habits. Regardless of your energy needs, you should always do your best to make sure you aren’t using more energy than necessary because ultimately you will be the one paying for it. Here are a few more tips for conservative energy usage.
If it’s done charging, unplug it!
Is the room empty? Flip the switch.
Turn the television off if no one is watching it.
Keep the refrigerator at 38 and the freezer at 0.
For a free energy consultation of your home or business, please fill out the form below and a Solectriq member will help you start saving today.