5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Energy Costs Down

hand turning dial on thermostat to save moneyAre you looking for easy ways to cut down on energy costs in your home?

Here in the Milwaukee area, we can get pretty extreme temperature swings. So, in the summer, you blast the air conditioner to keep you cool. In the winter, you keep your entire house warm with the heating constantly on. Either way, your electrical bills skyrocket, taking a toll on your budget.

Luckily, there are a few simple ways to reduce these expenses without investing in energy-saving appliances. Keep reading to find out how you can enjoy your home all year long and keep your electricity bills low.

5 Tips for Reducing Energy Costs

Running a household can be expensive, especially with the bills piling up. Read on to discover the best ways to save electricity in your Milwaukee home.

1. Clean the Air Conditioning Filters

Clogged AC filters are among the main culprits for high power bills. After using the AC for an entire summer, the filters collect dust that prevents the cold air from flowing freely.

Before you start using the AC, make sure to replace all filters and keep them clean throughout the year.

2. Cover Window and Door Cracks

Sealing window and door cracks may contribute to a lower energy bill.

Though seemingly insignificant, these holes around windows and doors can make the heated or cooled air in your home escape. This makes the heating and conditioning systems work harder to make up for the lost air, costing you more money on bills.

To fix these gaps, use a silicone sealant for window cracks, replace the weatherstripping around the doors, and seal all holes on exterior walls using expanding foam. There may be gaps around electrical boxes, pipes, and gas lines, so make sure to seal those as well.

3. Use Portable Heating and Cooling Appliances

The air conditioner and furnace use a lot of energy to keep your entire house at optimal temperature. If you want to cut down on energy costs, consider using portable heating and cooling appliances. For example, if you spend most of your time in the living room, keep that room colder or warmer and reduce your use of your AC or furnace.

The house will still be pleasantly warm or cool, and you can bring the heater or fan with you as you switch rooms.

4. Replace Your Old Thermostat

Thermostats can be the cause of high energy bills, especially if they’re older. New programmable thermostats, however, can adapt to your lifestyle. They “learn” when to adjust the temperature in the house based on when you’re not at home, what time you sleep, and when you’re the most active.

This feature allows you to save money in the long run. And, you only pay for the thermostat once.

5. Find Alternative Ways to Cook

If you don’t cook much at home or prepare lighter meals, there’s no need to turn on your big stove. Get a mini one that you can easily fit into a corner in your kitchen or backyard to cook your food.

Using your microwave, slow cooker, or grill are other ways to save a lot of money on electricity.

Now You Know How to Pay Less for Electricity

Reducing your energy costs is easy with these simple, effective tips! For more useful articles on home maintenance and energy efficiency, check out our blog.

If you’re interested in finding out how upgrading your home’s heating or cooling systems can also increase your energy efficiency, contact us today or call us at 262-691-0402.