Five Ways to Save Money on Electricity
During more extreme temperatures, your electricity bill can jump by about 50-60 percent. That can really dig into your budget. Even in a tiny or small house, there are various ways to save on electricity costs. Here are the top five ways and a few you many not even have considered:
Great Stuff Insulating Foam Sealant
The cheapest solution to saving money on electricity might be one of the most important. Cool air from air conditioners and hot air from heaters will find any gap or crack in your home and sneak out. Break out the Great Stuff Insulating Foam Sealant and seal up any gaps or cracks in the walls and ceilings. The foam will expand to fill in spaces up to 1 inch wide and created an airtight, water-resistant bond. A can of Great Stuff will run you about $8-$12.
Dual/Tri-Pane Glass Windows
A little more investment might be in order for these energy savers. In cold weather climates nearly one-third of a home’s total heat loss occurs through the windows and doors. Single pane windows are huge culprits, so investing and installing double or even triple-pane windows will result in lower electricity bills. These windows use layers of glass with air or gas in between each layer to keep cool or warm air inside. A typical triple-pane 36″x54″ window with LowE glass and argon will cost around $250.
If you can’t afford a whole house full of triple-pane windows, try some cellular shades, also known as honeycomb blinds. These fashionable shades are made up of two layers of fabric that are joined together at the seams so that when the shade is pulled down, excess solar radiation is shut out, and pockets of air are created to insulate the room. The soft, double-layered fabric that keeps too much heat from coming in while still allowing daylight in. They also help keep your space warm by preventing heat from escaping through your windows on chilly winter nights. Cellular shades cost around $35-$50 each and come in many different colors.
Ceiling fans are not just for outdoor porches in the Deep South. Even a small ceiling fan can make a difference in both the winter and summer. During the summer, a fan can circulate the air that comes from air conditioner or it can just work alone to keep the air cooler. In the winter, a ceiling fan can also push the rising warm air from a fireplace or heater back down into a room. A small ceiling fan will cost between $75 and $200 depending on the size and style.
Changing your mind about how you react to certain temperatures will also save you money. Instead of turning up the thermostat or space heater in the winter, put on some luxurious silk underwear or a warm sweater. In the hot summer weather, don’t run the clothes dryer inside; instead hang your clothes out on a clothesline. Also during the summer, avoid using the oven and dishwasher and maybe do most of your cooking outside. Oh..and turn out the lights when leaving a room.
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