During the last two decades, energy efficiency and saving technology has been produced to help people save on their annual bills. However, many people are still drowning in energy bills despite their efforts to invest in every technology. Some of the energy saving tips are costly and they don’t pay back in the long run. However, with proper guidance, it’s easy to save on your energy bills this year.
Let’s look at some the top energy-saving upgrades that will pay for themselves this year.
Seal Air Leaks
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If not well maintained, HVAC systems can consume a lot of energy due to excess usage. When you have air leaks in your home, the HVAC systems will be forced to spend extra energy to maintain the heat level in your home.
Air leaks can be found near windows, doors, in the ceiling, and on the walls. To prevent cool or warm air leaks from your home, seal the leakages as soon as possible. To do this, call an expert to find and seal all leakages.
Switch to LED Bulbs
Energy consuming bulbs are cheaper and readily available at every corner shop. However, these bulbs will increase your electricity usage in a month, raising your energy bills, and they are not durable. The bulbs will burn out or get damaged as soon as they are dropped.
LED bulbs are more cost effective. Although they are expensive to buy, they can help save on your energy bills annually. They are also long lasting and don’t break easily. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about your kids injuring themselves while you are away.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
When your energy bills become too expensive to manage, it’s time to upgrade your HVAC system. Malfunctions will always make your HVAC consume more energy than required making it use more energy in your home.
Although the process of replacing a HVAC system is costly, you’ll save more money in that year than you would with a faulty HVAC. In fact, it’s recommended that you replace your HVAC when the costs of repair exceed the cost of purchase.
Upgrade your Thermostat
Nowadays, there are many technological advancements to help you save more money on your energy bills. Using a programmable thermostat can save energy spent by your HVAC when you are not around. You can shut off the system remotely, keeping it from consuming your electricity when you don’t need it.
Programmable thermostats can also help you identify when you have a problem with your HVAC. You’ll be notified when the system is consuming excess power and when you need to make some repairs. It’s also possible to set the temperature zones for different rooms remotely. This way, you will end up saving energy over time.
Although home upgrades such as smart thermostats and other new technology are expensive to purchase, they are incredibly useful in saving your energy bills. In fact, most of these devices will return your investment within the same year of purchase. Be sure to find out more about how you can save on your energy bills.