Looking for energy-saving ideas that will not make you feel sweaty in the summer and freezing in the winter? These are 5 steps (in no particular order) to help reduce utility expenses. Every little bit helps.
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Ways to Reduce Part of Utility Costs
1. Use a Nest Thermostat. It is a great way to help reduce your energy which reduces expenses. We have a Nest Thermostat and love it.
Features of Nest
Auto-Away -during the day if there is no one home, it will turn itself down.
Auto-Schedule -helps keep you from wasting energy by not leaving the house at one temperature all day.
It watches what you do and programs itself once it learns the separate temperatures for the night, before you leave the house, and when you come home.
A Nest leaf appears when you lower the thermostat to a temperature that conserves energy. At first, it may be as simple as 1 degree but over time it will be more challenging.
There is an energy history report that is sent to you to show energy tips. It will show how much you used and why.
When Nest works with other smart products, you will see the nest badge and it will automatically connect together.
Thermostat controls about half of your energy bills, which is more than appliances and electronics in your home. An independent study showed that the Nest thermostat saved people an average of 10% – 12% in heating and on cooling bills it was about 15%.
2. Ceiling fans can be used so that the air conditioner does not need to work as hard. Sometimes you just need a little something to keep the air moving and a ceiling fan is perfect. Air circulation from a ceiling fan can make you feel up to 4 degrees cooler.
3. Turn off lights when you are not using them. Unless there is a specific reason the light needs to stay on, try to turn them off. While it may not make a huge difference in your bill, every little bit helps.
4. Check for any leaks of air around windows and doors and fix if needed. If there are leaks, then that means your precious cool air is escaping in the summer and warm air in the winter.
5. Switch light bulbs to energy-efficient ones as you need to replace them. With technology, there are more light bulbs being designed to be more energy-efficient.
There are certain items that can help reduce utility items. One is installing a Nest Thermostat. Thermostats contribute a large portion of your utility bills, by improving this, you should see some reduction of expenses. Of course, utility costs vary from month to month and by companies. Other items to consider to reduce utility costs include certain light bulbs, ceiling fans, and fixing any leaks around windows and doors.