The United States is the biggest energy consumer in the world. An American household can pay about $400 a month on their energy bill during the summer especially if they live in a warm region, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
That’s up from $300 a decade ago.
That’s plenty of cash to spend on heating and cooling expenses, especially in a challenging economic environment.
In the warm South, summer cooling expenses can soar up to $500 per month for millions of homes.
Here are ways to lower your utility bill.
1- Set your thermostat as low as possible with temperatures that still allow your family to be comfortable during the winter. Use wool blankets and thick clothing than usual during the cold season.
Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable in the summer. Use electric cooling fans, which don’t use as much electricity as the A/C unit. Adjust accordingly when you’re sleeping or away from home.
2- Lowering the temperature of the water heater to 115 to 120 degrees. This reduces power usage without making a big difference to the user.
3- Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month. During the summer months, clean filters can make your A/C much more efficient. You can also get a technician to look into you’re A/C unit and/or heater.
4- Use curtains During winter, keep the draperies and shades open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home. During summer, do the opposite to keep the sunlight out of your home.
5- Get tax breaks from Uncle Sam to make your home more energy-efficient. You may have to talk to your accountant, or do some research on the Web. Some homes can qualify for tax credits.
Improvements that can qualify include adding proper insulation, metal roofing coated with heat-reducing agents, doors and skylights.
Making your home more energy efficient can help to reduce energy bills. “As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling,” according to the Energy Star website.
“Making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills – and your comfort.”