Whether you’re remodeling your home for energy efficiency, or just looking to make small changes on a budget, here are six ways to save money on your utilities this spring:
1. Switch to LED Lightbulbs
LED lights still reign supreme. They are sturdier, offer a wide array of color temperatures, and use an impressive 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.
Additional benefit: LEDs last at least 10x longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
2. Program your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you about $180 in annual energy costs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
If your existing thermostat is programmable, instructions are likely printed inside the cover. If not, give the manufacturer’s website a visit.
Ready to upgrade? This Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat can be controlled from anywhere via your smartphone or tablet and would pay for itself in less than a year.
3. Install an Efficient Ceiling Fan
ENERGY STAR-certified ceiling fans use 60 percent less energy than conventional fans.
This Sahara Fans 52 inch Charleston Fan is designed for energy efficiency and comes in four different finishes, all for less than $100.
Additional benefit: Using your ceiling fan during the warmer months can make a room feel up to 6 degrees cooler.
4. Seal Leaky Windows and Weather-strip Doors
The number one way to save energy and money is by sealing gaps and cracks with caulk or spray foam and adding weather-stripping around doors and windows.
Think of your home as an envelope. With leaks, cold air escapes during the summer months as does heat in the winter. The tighter the seal, the more efficient your cooling system can operate, and the more predictable your utility bill can be.
Loctite Tite Foam is an affordable alternative to completely replacing windows and baseboards that are misshaped and no longer protect properly against leaks.
5. Lower your Water Heater Temperature
Benefit: Save 15 percent on your energy bill by turning your water heater down 20 degrees.
6. Install a High-efficiency Toilet or Shower Fixture
Using less water also saves energy. Converting to a high-efficiency WaterSense toilet can save an average of $118.
Additional benefit: With a spend payback of roughly 14 months and an annual utility savings of $100, the toilet practically pays for itself.
It’s worth noting that all toilets and showerheads carried in The Home Depot stores are WaterSense certified. This Delta In2ition Two-in-One Showerhead installs in just minutes and offers the same comfort and water pressure as a traditional showerhead at just under $50.
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