As a homeowner, you have many responsibilities in your hands. You need to pay your energy bills, do some seasonal maintenance, and keep your kids safe. It’s your duty to make sure your annual bills don’t spike every year. Unfortunately, though you’re trying your best, at times the bills keep skyrocketing.
Is it your fault, and are there things that you can do to reduce your energy bills this year? Let’s look at the common mistakes made at home that will drive up your energy bills this year.
Neglecting Your HVAC System
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If your HVAC is not well maintained, it can consume a significant amount of energy, increasing your energy bills. When the system becomes clogged with dust, it will require more energy to perform the same task.
You may also find the costs of maintenance skyrocketing since you’ll need to spend more on constant repairs. To prevent this, ensure that your HVAC is in good condition. Keep your home clean and check up on the system every month to see if there are any problems.
Heating Up Empty Rooms
At times the HVAC energy costs may not be caused by malfunctioning systems, but instead by unnecessary usage. In some hours or days in the season, you may have people spending time together in one room or outside.
This means that the other rooms do not need heat or air conditioning since nobody is in the rooms currently. If there are guest rooms, you may not need to heat the rooms. In fact, you should seal them properly to prevent heat leakage to surrounding rooms.
Using Energy-Consuming Bulbs
Bulbs are the most useful gadgets in any home. They provide bright lighting, and you can keep them on for the entire night and day. If you are using energy-consuming bulbs in your home, then you’ll be surprised as your energy bills jump up every year.
There are many energy-saving LED bulbs in the market today. They are not only long-lasting, but they also save a lot more energy. The bulbs consume less than three watts while the other bulbs can spend up to 60 watts. Although they are initially expensive, the LED bulbs will save you money in the long run.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are lifesavers. Using these devices it’s easy to lower your energy bills by up to 10 percent every year. The main function of the thermostat is to help you control your indoor temperature remotely. However, you can also use this feature to turn the HVAC off when you are not around.
The smart thermostat can be used to find out when the HVAC is consuming lots of energy and make the necessary repairs to remedy the problem. It’s easy to identify a problem within the HVAC and call for experts where necessary. These simple smart tricks can help you save a lot of energy consumed by faulty thermostats.
Although we all don’t like wasting money, sometimes it happens due to the mistakes we make. To avoid unnecessary energy bills, come up with a strategy to save on your energy bills this year.