Tips to Save on Your Utilities
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Now that winter has moved on and the temperatures are starting to move up, the utility bill starts creeping up as well. Taking some small measures can have a big impact on saving you the costs with cooling your home and running your devices. If you know you’re going to be doing major improvements this year, replacement energy-efficient hurricane doors and windows or new appliances will pay off for years to come. We have compiled the best tips below.
Energy Efficient Bulbs
It used to be that the cost of LED light bulbs out-weighed the energy savings benefits; it would take years to recoup the cost of the LED bulb on your electric bill. In recent years, energy-efficient LED light bulbs have become more popular than the standard, compact fluorescent light bulbs. Where an LED might have cost $20 five years ago, you can easily get 6 for $20.
In addition to using less energy, LEDs also give off 70% less heat which will keep your house cooler and further lower your bills. They also last 10-25 times longer than a standard bulb, so you’ll spend less money replacing them.
Replace Windows and Doors
There are cost savings associated with replacing your windows and doors with energy efficient ones. Depending on where you live and the type of windows that you are replacing, new windows can save you anywhere between $100-$500 per year.
Replacing your windows and doors with Max Guard’s impact-resistant hurricane windows and doors has many benefits. Our vinyl impact windows and impact doors are energy efficient, so not only will they protect your home in case of a storm, but they will also save you money on your electric bill. As a bonus, new windows will help your home stay cool during the summer!
Power Saving Appliances
Replacing old appliances with new, energy-efficient ones, will save you money on your energy bills. We’re not suggesting that you go out and buy all new appliances – unless you have the money for it! But eventually, you’ll need to replace a washer, dryer, or refrigerator. When you do, check for the ENERGY STAR logo, so you can be sure your products meet the EPA’s voluntary standards.
Adjust Your AC
Before you leave the house, put the thermostat up to a higher temperature. If there is no one around to enjoy the AC, it shouldn’t be on. Also, check and replace your filters regularly. A dirty air filter will restrict airflow which causes the air conditioner to work harder, so maintaining your AC system lowers your AC costs, too.
Another popular way to control your cooling bills is to buy a programmable thermostat. While a programmable thermostat doesn’t inherently lower your bills, it does make it easier to control your AC by turning it up or down at scheduled times. A smart thermostat, like one from Nest or Ecobee, can learn your habits and be controlled by your smartphone. That way, you can easily change the temperature if you forget or make it comfortable before you get home.
Unplug Unused Electronics
This one might sound strange, but electronics that are plugged in, even if they’re not being used, can account for up to 10% of your home’s energy usage. Also known as vampire or phantom power, electronic devices draw power when they’re plugged into an outlet. This strategy may not work for your wireless router, but unplugging phone chargers, coffee makers, TVs, and lamps can add up to big savings. Consider purchasing a power strip that you can turn off to make this step easier.
Let Max Guard Save You Money
When it’s time to replace those old windows and doors, contact Max Guard! Locally owned and operated, we’ve been serving our customers in South Florida since 1982. For a free quote, give us a call at (561) 926-9727.