It’s normal to feel impatient and frustrated when you see an unusually high energy bill at home. But aren’t you fortunate to have a place where you can relax, unwind, and refuel?
In order to save money on your electric bill and make your home more comfortable, it’s important to take steps to improve its energy efficiency. The first step is to look at your home’s energy usage, both your overall electricity and heating use and make some necessary adjustments.
Start by replacing old, inefficient appliances with new, more energy-efficient models. You can find efficient models at warehouse clubs as well as online retailers.
Next, upgrade your insulation to the maximum level allowed by code in your area; this will both save on your heat bill and reduce noise inside the house. If you’re replacing windows, choose ones with Low-E content (Low-E glass reflects heat while transmitting light); if you’re upgrading fixtures or bowls, opt for options with recycled content or ceramic glaze; have fans installed in bathrooms, and add reflective shielding to your windows with sleeve panes that also increase their insulating properties (you can find these at Home Depot). Lastly, think about installing smart thermostats that are connected to the internet so you can remotely control the temperature in your home from anywhere.