Yep. We’re back.
And this time with more things you may not know about electricity savings.
…And what you don’t know, at least in this case anyway, can hurt you.
So here’s what to look for this time:
1. Save More Energy By Keeping Your Thermostat Isolated
Every electronic device gives off some heat. Windows can leak air.
This air artificially raises the temperature around your thermostat. And since it senses the temperature in its immediate surroundings, rather than taking an average from around your entire home, it heats or cools the rest of your home based on that temperature.
So, you want to keep your thermostat isolated from other heating or cooling sources so it gets the most accurate reading of what the entire temperature is around your home.
2. Energy-Efficient Products Make a Huge Difference in Your Bills
The United Kingdom actually uses less energy despite a growing economy. In 2014, they used less energy than they did in 2008.
And their households use 10% less electricity each even though they use the same large TVs, computers, smartphones, and tablets than we do.
The European Union has tighter standards on household appliances than the United States.
They even do things like banning the most energy inefficient vacuum cleaners from being sold.
Of course using more energy-efficient products doesn’t make up the entirety of their lower energy use. But, it does make a difference.
3. Pipe and Wall Insulation
You probably think about insulation in the obvious areas – like your attic. But you don’t think about it with your pipes.
Here in Texas, you may need between R30 to R60 insulation in your home, depending on your location.
If you have the old fiberglass batts insulation, you may also need newer spray foam insulation. Fiberglass batts have little air pockets that allow cool or warm air to seep through. Spray foam expands after application to seal even those small pockets off – reducing air seepage to practically nothing, and giving you even better energy savings.
You can actually see Energy Star’s recommended R-values here. Insulation also generally pays back for itself in just a few years too, so it’s a decent investment.
So…did any of those hit home with you?
Which sound like good ways you could save a nice chunk of energy and money each month?