Save an Average of $498.74 in Energy Costs This Year in 4 Easy Steps
Using a 2015 Energy Information Administration report, and a CPS informational sheet, San Antonio’s average monthly electric bill is $125.83. While it’s lower than the average Texan’s bill, it’s still higher than the national average.
Now while we don’t control our electricity rates, we can take steps to manage our electricity use. With this being the start of a new year, it makes it a great time to look at saving money for the year.
Let’s look at 4 energy-saving steps to take to save money on your energy bill.
- Air leaks cost you big.
Every home will have some amount of conditioned air that will leak outdoors and outside air that will enter the home. The more air leakage, the more energy and money you waste every month on the conditioned air that escapes.
Energy.gov lists air-sealing techniques and tips to help you reduce the air leaks in your home. Energystar.gov estimates that on average you can save up to 15% on energy costs when you seal and properly insulate your home. You could save $166.09 in energy costs every year.
Now you may ask “How do I find the air leaks in my home?” Well energy.gov also has ways of detecting air leaks listed for you. Some of the most common air leak locations include:
When you know where the air leaks are in your home, you can caulk and install weatherstripping to seal them.
How do you stop the leaks in your air ducts where up to 20% of wasted conditioned air occurs? Contact us to learn about our professional duct sealing services.
- Wisely use your programmable thermostat.
According to energystar.gov, when used properly a programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 a year. But it must be programmed correctly to reap those savings.
What you may ask are the correct settings for my programmable thermostat? Well, energystar.gov has a Programmable Thermostat Setpoint Times & Temperatures list. Here’s the highlights:
- Your pre-set schedule for your thermostat at its energy-saving temperatures should be for at least 8 hours a day.
- Don’t override your preset, energy-saving temperatures.
- Use a separate programmable thermostat for each zone when you have multiple heating or cooling zones.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat you should consider getting one. Contact us to learn more about our professional thermostat installation. And when you follow the energystar.gov guidelines you’ll most likely earn back that money in just a few months!
- Disconnect energy thieves.
Appliances that are not in use but still plugged in can draw electricity. These are energy thieves. These thieves found in most homes rob the average home of $100 a year!
These energy thief appliances include:
- Coffee makers
- Toaster ovens
- Hair dryers & curling irons
- Electric shavers
- Computers – desktops & laptops
- Cable boxes & DVD players
How do you “arrest” these energy robbing appliances? You could unplug them from the socket when they’re not in use. An easier way may be to use a power strip with an on/off switch so that you can easily cut the power on and off.
- Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs.
Most people are surprised that light bulbs can use 5% of their energy. Don’t want to replace them all? You don’t need to replace all of them to reap big savings. Save up to $75 every year by simply replacing 5 of your most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with ones that have earned the Energy Star,.
Light bulbs earning the Energy Star include:
- LEDs, which are light emitting diodes light bulbs that use 75% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
- CFLs, which are compact fluorescent light bulbs use 25% less energy and can last up to 6 to 15 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Need to reduce your energy costs??
If you live in the San Antonio area, simply contact us with your questions.
We have the expertise to evaluate your energy usage and suggest energy-efficient solutions. We can provide and install programmable thermostats as well as duct sealing. We have the knowledge and tools to help you reduce your energy bill!