No one likes to see their hard-earned money go out the window or under a door sill that’s not properly insulated.
Here are some helpful tips to lower your monthly home energy bill:
- Install a programmable thermostat to regulate your home temperature whether you live in a warm or cold climate. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a programmable thermostat can help you save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by turning thermostats down 7 – 10 degrees for 8 hours per day from its typical setting.
- Clean or replace furnace/air filters regularly (every 30 – 90 days depending on the make and model of the filter). Regularly replacing filters allows air to easily flow and not overtax on the HVAC blower motor. Less stress on the equipment motor extends the life of your heating/cooling system.
When shopping for an air filter make sure to look at the MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Report Value). The higher the MERV rating the less unwanted particles, dust and debris pass through the filter. These ratings range from 1 (lowest efficiency) to 20 (highest efficiency).
MERV ratings 1 -4 trap pollen, dust mites, sanding dust, spray paint dust, textile and carpet fibers. This range is for minimum filtration and used mostly in residential buildings.
MERV ratings 5-8 also traps mold spores, hair spray, fabric protector, cement dust and pet dander. This range is typically used in better residential or general commercial and industrial workspaces.
MERV ratings 9-12 go another step further and trap humidifier dust, lead dust, auto emissions and milled flour. This rating range is typically used in superior residential buildings or better commercial buildings.
MERV rating 13-16 traps all particles ranked 1-12 and go the extra mile by trapping bacteria, most tobacco smoke, droplet nuclei (sneeze), most face powder, and cooking oil. This rating range is typically used in superior commercial buildings and hospitals.
MERV rating 17-20 the top rating tier is typically used in pharmaceutical and electronics clean rooms.
- Set your ceiling fans to a low speed. If you live in a colder climate, setting room ceiling fans to a low speed will help push warm air down from the ceiling and circulate it around the room.
- Tint home windows. For homes in warmer climates that have a direct eastern or western exposure, consider tinting your home windows with at least 28% visible light transfer (VLT) shade film. In some cases this can help save between $10-20 per month on your monthly energy bills, depending on the size of your home.
- Enroll in your energy provider’s budget billing program. Are you tired of monthly bills that skyrocket during high energy use months? Then consider enrolling in a budget billing energy plan. This will make it easier to manage monthly expenses and it’s usually free to enroll.
- Install dimmer switches to control light energy use and replace inefficient light bulbs. According to the EPA, about 70% of all U.S. light bulb sockets still contain inefficient light bulbs. If Americans make the switch to ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs, they could see savings up to $118 million each year in energy costs! One ENERGY START certified light bulb saves about $6 a year in electricity costs and can save $40 to $135 over its lifetime.