Today’s the day…January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. First established in Canada by the CEEA, (Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance) there isn’t a place in the world where the concerns raised by this day aren’t relevant. So if you are among the many who have resolved to spend less and save more in 2019, cutting back on a few regular expenses is a great place to start. Below is a list of 5 savings tips to help you trim your utility bills:
- Cut heating and cooling costs – We spend a great deal of energy heating our homes during the winter and keeping them cool in the summer. A programmable thermostat is a great place to start. It will let you set times and days that the temperature will be adjusted, to help keep your home at the perfect temperature without wasting any money. Once you program your schedule, it’ll do all the work for you, and you’ll see the savings on your utility bill.
- Watch out for energy-draining appliances – Large appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers consume a lot of energy. The next time you need to replace one of these appliances, upgrade to an energy-efficient model with an ENERGY STAR certified model. They are designed to use much less energy than their older counterparts, and often end up paying for themselves in savings in a short amount of time. In addition, it’s always a good idea to keep these appliances clean and well maintained to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.
- Pull the plug – As a society we’re spending more and more on electricity to keep all of our devices charged and running. One way to keep these costs down is to plug electronics into a power strip and turn the whole strip off when they’re not in use. This cuts off “phantom” usage and can really help save $$ and energy.
- Hit the Lights – If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times (maybe even from your mom) – turn off the lights when you leave a room or your home. That’ll help – but you can take it to the next level by swapping out your bulbs with ones that increase energy efficiency. Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL or LED lights for an easy and affordable way to save on electricity. Not only do they last longer, but they also require less energy to run.
- Seal your Ducts – Yes, sealing the ductwork in your home (or building) can result in substantial energy savings. In fact it’ll help reduce your energy costs more than numbers 1-4 in this list COMBINED. Read on to find out more…
How Sealing Ductwork Saves Energy
Many people overlook the ductwork in homes and buildings and think the HVAC equipment needs fixed when they have a heating, cooling, or high utility bill problem. However, research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other government authorities prove duct sealing to be a great way to lower utility bills. In fact, Energy Star ranks duct sealing as the #1 energy-saving opportunity.
Energy Star ranks duct sealing as the #1 energy-saving opportunity.
Watch the brief video that helps explain energy savings with Aeroseal. It’s a relatively logical way to save energy. Here’s the breakdown in five steps:
- On average, 60% of utility costs for a building is HVAC.
- Duct leakage in homes and buildings makes the HVAC fan run more and harder, which wastes energy.
- With a more efficiency HVAC fan, total HVAC costs are less, which means a significant savings in monthly utility bills.
Are you a homeowner? We’d love to chat with you how Aeroseal can help lower your utility bills.
Are you a facility manager or contractor? We’d love to chat with you how Aeroseal can help you meet energy-saving goals.