7 ways to continue saving money AFTER you insulate
After months of putting it off, you finally did it. You insulated your home! Now you can relax and reap the benefits of a newly insulated home, one being lower energy bills. Lower energy bills mean more money in your pocket and who doesn’t love that? And there’s more where that came from!
To continue saving money AFTER you insulate, take a look at these 7 tips you can easily apply to your home.
- Change out incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient CFL bulbs
Doing something as simple as changing out your energy-draining light bulbs to compact florescent light bulbs (CFL) can dramatically reduce your energy use, saving you money. How? CFL bulbs produce light differently, generating up to 70% less energy than their incandescent counterparts.
- Keep your thermostat at a reasonable temperature
When programming your thermostat, avoid setting your temperature too high or too low, especially during peak times. It can be tempting to adjust your thermostat during the hottest or coldest parts of the day, but doing so could be costly. As your A/C tries to counter the outside weather, a significant amount of energy is used causing your energy bills to skyrocket.
- Clean or replace air filters
Cleaning or replacing your air filters will ensure that your unit is running efficiently, and is able to maintain an ideal, indoor environment. Ignored air filters are not only dirty and less efficient but may even become a flammable hazard. Don’t overlook this easy fix!
- Unplug unused electronics
Contrary to popular belief, turning off your electronics doesn’t necessarily mean they’re completely off. Many electronics draw power continuously if left plugged into the sockets, using electricity and increasing your energy bill.
- Replace your refrigerator
Similar to insulation, if your refrigerator is of a certain age (older than 1990), you may want to consider replacing it with a newer model. Energy-efficient models cost less to operate than older refrigerators and provide you with more savings in the long run.
- Install more ceiling fans
Some would think that installing more fans would cost more money but the breeze caused by a fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler in those warmer months. Feeling cooler means you won’t have to lower your thermostat, saving you energy and money.
- Add weather strips to your doors
For the same reason you insulated your home, adding weather strips to your door will add an additional layer of protection from the outside elements. Some homeowners’ doors can be “leaky” by allowing cool/heated air to escape the home, decreasing the energy efficiency of their homes.
By following these 7 tips for your home, you can find yourself saving more money than you ever anticipated after insulating your home. Remember, these tips alone won’t make your home energy efficient if your home is in need of insulation. Contact our insulation experts for a FREE in-home consultation to find out if you need new insulation!