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5 tips to help you save on energy bills

Energy bills consume a large portion of people’s pay checks every month. Wouldn’t it be nice to shave a significant amount on your energy bills every month? You could spend a little energy to save a lot on utility bills or spend some amount on energy saving measures to save even more on the bills. Here, we give you 5 tips on energy spending and energy saving measures to help you save on energy bills all year round.

Energy saving tips

Apply the following tips to save on energy bills and slash the amount you spend on utility bills.

1. Insulation

A well-insulated house saves a significant amount on heating and cooling costs. Go in to your attic and check if all the 2x4s are covered. If not, your insulation is not enough. You need to have the 2x4’s covered. You can hire an expert to do the insulation for you, although this is a project that an average do-it-yourselfer can complete successfully by himself.

2. Caulking and weatherstripping

Warmed air in the house mixes with outside air through gaps in your home's thermal envelope, such as windows, doors and exterior walls. Feel around the edges of your home’s thermal envelope for signs of hot or cold breeze seeping into the home. Add caulking and weatherstripping if you discover a breeze sipping into your home to save on heating and cooling costs and to eradicate hot and cold spots your home.

3. Light bulbs

Compact florescent bulbs can save you 25 per cent of the electricity you spend using incandescent bulbs. Change the majority of your light bulbs, if not all your bulbs, and replace them with compact florescent bulbs. This will allow you to take advantage of the energy efficiency and durability of florescent bulbs. You may have to also change your switches because florescent bulbs do not work properly with dimmed switches.

4. Programmable thermostats

A programmable thermostat allows you to regulate when heaters cool or warm your house. You really do not need the same temperature in your home when you are away from home as when you are at home. Purchase and install these inexpensive, programmable thermostats to make automatic energy saving adjustments of temperature in your home, such as when you are asleep and when you are awake.

5. Free Energy audit

Many power companies provide free energy audits and advise on how to save on energy usage. Consult your power supply company to see if they offer this service. If they do, request a free energy audit to find out if there are any inefficiencies in your home that may be the reason for your high energy bills. A free energy audit will often reveal areas you can save on energy bills that you may not be able to notice on your own.

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