Inexpensive ways to reduce your energy bill

You could get upgraded insulation installed in all the walls of your home, or buy a new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner. These improvements would certainly reduce your energy costs - but they each require a significant investment. 

 

What if you don't have the budget?

 

There are a lot of little things you can do to make a big difference in your heating or cooling bill, Here are just a few examples:

  • Turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees in winter. (And turn it up a few notches in the summer). Chances are, you'll hardly notice the difference in comfort, and you'll cut your heating/cooling costs by about 5%.
  • Do you need the air conditioner on all the time during the summer months? Consider turning it way up, or completely off, at night when it's cooler outside.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. That way, you'll be able to set up a schedule that uses less heating/cooling energy while you're out of the house.
  • Let the sunshine in through windows in the winter (and block the sun where possible in the summer). "Passive heat gain" can contribute up to 20% of the heat in your home. Best of all, the sun is free.
  • Use energy efficient lights throughout your home. These can cut the cost of lighting by up to 40%!
  • Be careul with outside lights, which can use a lot of energy! Turn them off before you go to bed or, better still, use programmable outside lighting that can be set to turn off automatically.

These are just a few ideas for reducing your energy bill. If you do some research, you can probably discover many other ways to cut your cost. It's worth the effort !

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