The new year is a time for new resolutions and fresh starts, and what better way to start the year off right than by resolving to save money at home? This blog will give ways to save on costs around your house.
In the winter, heating bills can be one of the biggest expenses for a household. Here are some tips to help you save on your heating costs this year:
1. Ensure your windows and doors are properly sealed to keep the heat in.
2. Install weatherstripping or caulk around door frames and windows.
3. Close off vents in rooms that you don’t use often.
4. Keep your thermostat at a comfortable temperature—68 degrees is generally recommended.
5. Use thermal curtains or window shades to keep the heat out in the summertime.
6. Get a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically when you’re not home.
7. Dress warmly when it’s cold outside instead of turning up the heat unnecessarily.
8. Invest in a space heater for use only in certain rooms instead of heating the entire house unnecessarily
Summer may be a way off, but it’s always good to be prepared. Here are some times to help you save on air conditioning costs when the next Texas summer rolls around:
Similarly to the winter, a programmable thermostat can come in handy during the summer to ensure that your home stays at a consistent temperature even when you’re not there.
Take advantage of natural ventilation when possible. This can be as simple as opening windows in the morning to let cool air in and closing them later in the day when it starts to heat up outside.
Make sure your AC unit is well-maintained and operating efficiently. Regular cleaning and tuning up will help it run more smoothly and use less energy, saving you money in the long run.
Here are a few habits to help you save on electricity in the new year:
1. Use energy-efficient light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, so making the switch can help you save on your electricity bill.
2. Unplug electronics when not in use. Even when they're turned off, electronics continue to draw power from your home's outlet. To avoid phantom energy loss, unplug electronics that you're not using.
3. Consider alternative energy sources. If you're looking for ways to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels, consider investing in solar panels or wind turbines. These alternative energy sources can help you offset your electricity costs and do your part to protect the environment.
For all of your home comfort needs, contact 1st Home & Commercial Services at (512) 957-2992!