Do you need to keep your utility bills under control this year? Following are quick and easy tips that can help you get started with it. Take a read.
Start with an audit - It is important to base your action plan on your energy audit findings. This will allow you to pinpoint where your unnecessary utility usage is coming from. You can do this on your own or with the help of a professional auditor. Some of the things that you need to check with regard to utility usage are air leaks, insulation levels, light bulb wattage and filters for cooling and heating systems.
Replace your light bulbs - Are you still using an old style light bulb? If you're keen to reduce your utility rates, you must switch to CFL (compact flurescent) or LED (light emitting diode) bulbs today. They're great energy savers. They look stylish as well.
Improve exterior wall insulation - Installation of insulation in exterior walls require professional. Although you'd be spending money on it, your total savings from utility bill will be worth it.
Caulk and weatherstrip your doors and windows - Your cooling or heating system work harder when there are cracks around doors and windows. Fix these cracks by caulking so that outside air doesn't get in.
Utilize a digital thermostat - A thermostat can be programmed to manage the temperature inside your house. By setting a temperature limit, you can prevent your cooling or heating system from overowrking.