I lowered my energy bill without solar panels. Almost everyone thinks that the only way to lower your energy bill is with solar panels. This is not true. I was about to lower my energy bill by 23% and now I’m going to share with you exactly how I did it.
Insulate Windows – Making sure that your windows insulate correctly is probably the single best thing you can do to lower your monthly energy bill. If you have single pane windows your money is literally going out the window. Single pane windows are really bad insulators. Changing to double pane windows will save you a ton of money but they are expensive. You can put up heat sealing drapes in the summer and storm windows in the winter. This will save you a ton of money. You may want to take a room by room approach. The first room you should do this in is the family room.
Attic Ventilation – The next best thing you can do to save money each month involves attic ventilation. Attics need to vent air correctly this is why they usually have vents. If the vents get clogged with dust, your attic will get too hot during the summer. You should clean out the vents in your attic. If your attic does not have vents, you should consider having a few put in. You can go to your local hardware store and purchase attic ventilation kits.
Filters For Your Air Conditioner – If your air filters are dirty, your air conditioner will work too hard. You should change your air conditioner filters once every month if you want to save money off your monthly energy bill.
Filter In Your Range – Hardly anyone knows about the filter in the fan above their range. This fan uses a ton of electricity. These fans get clogged with grease quickly and a clogged fan will make it work twice as hard costing you a ton of money. You need to change your filter every 9 to 12 weeks depending on how much you use it. Most people never change this filter until the fan motor burns out and it actually stops working.
Watch Those Lights – Lower the wattage of all the light bulbs in your home. Turn off lights when you are not in the room. Do not leave lights on at night. Just one outside light that is 60-watts will cost you about $10 a month. Dimmer lights do not save you very much. The best lights to use are fluorescent lights.
Learn How To Calculate Energy Costs – You need to learn how much the things in your home are costing you in terms of energy cost each month. The formula is wattage / 1000 x hours used per day x your kWh charge (found on your monthly bill) / 30 days in a month = total cost of energy per month for that appliance. Let us do an example problem. If you are using a central air conditioner for 10 hours per day during the summer, it is costing you: 4000 / 1000 x 10 x 0.15 x 30 = $180 a month.
Originally posted 2009-08-22 09:28:53.