Looking to spend less on utilities each month? Who isn’t? In this guide, we give you our top energy-saving tips you can apply to your home comfort and energy use habits.
How you can spend less on your utility bills every month:
We’re going to get right into it. Here are 6 ways to spend less on the various forms of energy we pay for as homeowners.
1. Get yourself in hot water.
Water heaters account for almost 20% of your total energy bill every month, so there’s a huge opportunity for savings here. The less heat you waste, the more $$$ you save.
One way to preserve the heat in your water tank is with a water heater blanket, a simple insulated wrap that goes around your water heater. You wouldn’t need a water blanket if you were using an already super-efficient tankless water heater. It heats exactly the amount of water you need when you need it.
You can also insulate the pipes in your basement running to and from your water heater. This preserves warmth on the journey to the faucet or shower head.
2. Wrap it up
How insulated is your attic? Many older homes in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph are short on attic insulation. Without adequate insulation, your air conditioner or furnace works harder than it needs to. You don’t put the windows down in the car and crank up the air conditioner, so don’t treat your house the same way!
A small investment in good insulation will put a tight wrap around your wallet, saving you real money every month.
3. It’s 2023, right?
Even if your home heating and cooling system is only a few years old, advances in efficiency may make replacing your system a smart move.
We sell and install air conditioners with efficiency ratings up to 17 SEER. What does 17 SEER mean? It’s shockingly efficient, that’s what. A new furnace can save you hundreds of dollars every year.
4. Schedule your comfort
Heating and cooling your home can account for half of your total energy bill. So if your system runs less, the savings will show themselves right away. One of the ways you can reduce use without sacrificing your perfectly comfortable air is by installing a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats can save you a lot of money by running your furnace or air conditioner less often during the hours that nobody is home. Now that’s a pretty easy, automated way to spend less on utilities!
5. Get lit with LEDs
A single light bulb may not seem like much of an energy drain. But when you think about all the rooms in your home and all the lights in those rooms, you can see how it’s an opportunity for savings. The ceiling fan light fixture in your bedroom might have as many as 5 bulbs itself!
Replace your old lights with some modern LED’s and put some of your interior and exterior lights on a timer to limit daily use. You can increase outdoor security with lights that come on automatically when it’s dark, without accidentally leaving them on all day.
Also consider motion-activated light switches for rooms that see little use. You’ll have light when you need it, but won’t be frustrated by the kids leaving lights on everywhere.
6. Shower smarter
Every drop of hot water you use has to be heated. The less water you use, the less you spend heating water.
Low-flow shower heads are more thrifty with the water they use, but you’ll barely, if at all, notice the difference (not like the early generation low-flow shower heads, which really did stink).
Save More With Guelph ClimateCare
We can help with a lot of this. To cut down the cost of home ownership, give us a call today. We’re happy to help you spend less on utilities with high-efficiency solutions!
Article updated July 2023.