For some of us, seeing the energy bill every month is like facing an angry crock where you don’t know whether to run in desperation or curl up in a fetal position and cry until it just goes away. For some reason, we associate saving money on our energy bill with having to spend a lot of money on high-tech gadgetry first.
Want to save on heating and cooling? A geothermal system for your entire house should do the trick! At a cool cost of $20,000 plus.
Want to save on electric use in your house?
Solar panels will save you a ton over the lifetime of 10 plus years!
Those only run about $2,000 per panel but you’ll be saving money for the next 30 years as you pay off those hefty bills with money you’re saving on heating, cooling, and electric!
But let’s say, for financial sakes, you aren’t interested in spending a ton of money to cut your energy bill in half so you can save money thirty years from now.
So how do you keep your energy bill low without going broke?
Well, as homeowners whose house faces the sun when it rises and sets we’ve discovered some pretty efficient methods such as:
Covering the windows with Blackout Drapes in the summer
Blackout drapes are two sided curtains designed to specifically reflect the sun’s rays while allowing a small amount of light to pass through. These by far have been one of my favorite solutions and will drastically reduce the heat in any room with windows facing the sun.
Usually, the drapes have an appealing exterior that matches most standard room styles although they will be in the darker color range and may require a heavier curtain rod due to the added weight from the heat block backing.
Another option for warmer weather months that’s very useful and almost counter-intuitive is:
Placing Fans in windows pointing outwards
Now this might seem a bit odd at first but it works and it works well. All you need is a fan preferably a square box fan and a window for it to sit in.
You close all the windows in the house except the one the fan is in and you point the fan outwards so the air is blowing away from you. If on a windy day the ideal direction is to find a window that allows the fan to blow in the direction of the wind.
What this essentially does is creates an exhaust vent for all that trapped heat.
When the sun sets and it cools down at night time turn the fan around and allow the cooler night air in.
When it’s cold grab a blanket to keep warm.
Now, this idea is as simple as it gets but honestly a thick blanket or two can provide you with all the warmth you need during the colder the months. Another option is placing blankets at the base of door thresholds that lead outside. This will help prevent heat from escaping and stop the cold air from entering.
This also helps keep your furnace from running overtime because there will be less cold air for it to try and compete with.
Air / Hang Dry Your Laundry
If you’re among the many people who don’t own an ultra-saving energy efficient dryer you may not realize just how much energy drying your clothes actually costs you.
A typical small load of clothes will take about 45 minutes to dry and based off an average of 12 cents per kilowatt hour that’s about 0.36 cents an hour.
Now factor in the age of the dryer, whether it’s gas or electric, and the type of clothes you dry together and the numbers start adding up.
When you hang your clothes on the line to dry not only does it conserves electric but also water as well as not having to spend extra money on dryer sheets.
Finally, flip that switch!
Unplug what you’re not currently using. You see even items in “standby” mode still continue to draw power. A common term for standby mode is “vampire power” or “leaking electric.”
You can identify electronic with a standby mode just by looking to see if it has a LED light on the front panel display. If there’s a LED light on then the device isn’t really powered off it’s just on standby waiting to wake back up. If you don’t plan on using a certain electronic device anytime soon you’re better off just unplugging it and plugging back in when you need to use.