10 Ways to Cut Your Energy Costs at Home

As energy rates continue rising, you might be on the lookout for ways to reduce your usage and save money. While big-ticket investments like replacing the windows or installing high-performance HVAC systems certainly make your home more efficient, you can cut energy costs today with virtually no up-front investment. Here’s how you do that. 

1. Change Your HVAC Air Filter

Check the filter once a month and change it when it appears dirty, or every three months, whichever comes first. The cost of a new filter pays for itself by encouraging efficiency, ensuring proper airflow, and preventing the HVAC equipment from overheating. Your home will also feel more comfortable and have cleaner indoor air with a clean filter in place. 

2. Set Your Thermostat for Energy Savings 

Keep the temperature at 70 degrees or lower through the winter and increase it to 77 degrees or higher in the summer. Then, dress for the season to help you stay comfortable. 

3. Install a Programmable Thermostat

If you still have an old manual thermostat, upgrade to a programmable model. This kind of thermostat pays for itself quickly in energy savings by allowing you to program setback periods while you’re away or sleeping. Automatic temperature recovery means you save money without ever feeling uncomfortable. Look for a smart Wi-Fi thermostat you can adjust remotely for even greater opportunities to save. 

4. Prioritize Yearly HVAC Maintenance

Preventative maintenance offers a good return on investment. First, it pays you back by lowering your energy bills. After all, a tuned-up HVAC system works more efficiently than a neglected one. You also reduce the risk of equipment failures and the associated repair costs. Plus, your equipment is bound to live a few years longer when you take good care of it today. 

5. Find and Fix Air Leaks 

Air leaks can develop wherever multiple building materials come together. Find and fix these leaks to keep your home comfortable and reduce the strain on your HVAC system. Here are some tips: 

  • Replace old weatherstripping to help windows and doors close more tightly.  
  • Re-caulk stationary cracks around windows and doors to seal out air leaks. 
  • Put in expanding spray foam around wiring, plumbing, ductwork, and other penetrations in your walls, ceilings and floors.  
  • Close the fireplace damper when a fire isn’t lit. 

6. Use Solar Heat Gain to Your Advantage

In the summer, your goal is to shut out solar heat gain. Shutting reflective curtains over the windows in the afternoon is an easy way to accomplish this. If your budget allows, you could also plant trees on the south and west sides of your home. By selecting deciduous trees, you can enjoy cooling shade in the summer while still allowing the sun to heat your home for free in the winter. 

7. Manage Your Water Use 

Conserve this limited resource and lower your water bills with these tips: 

  • Take quick showers instead of long baths. 
  • Install low-flow showerheads and aerated faucets. 
  • Shut off the water when shaving and brushing your teeth. 
  • Fix drippy faucets, running toilets, and leaky pipes as soon as possible. 

8. Turn Things Off

Plug computers, printers, TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and other electronics into power strips. This way, you can turn them off with the flip of a switch when not in use. While you’re at it, unplug cell phone chargers and other adapters when you don’t need them to prevent small amounts of “phantom” energy usage. 

9. Replace Your Light Bulbs

Do you still have old incandescent bulbs throughout the house? Replace them with LEDs to save nearly 70 percent on your lighting bills. Bulb replacement costs also decrease because LEDs last about 25 times longer than incandescent lights. 

10. Operate Appliances Efficiently

Appliances are the energy hogs of the home. Save money with the following tips: 

  • Close windows and doors when using the furnace or air conditioner. 
  • Turn down the water heater temperature to 120 degrees and install an insulating blanket. 
  • Only operate the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads. 
  • Disable the heated-dry feature on your dishwasher. 
  • Line-dry clothes when possible. 
  • Heat food in the microwave instead of the oven or stove, especially on summer afternoons. 
  • If your utility provider charges more for electricity during “peak times,” try to use your appliances during low-peak periods. 

Get Help Cutting Home Energy Costs

Many cost-cutting measures are directly related to your home heating, cooling and plumbing systems. If you need help implementing these tips, reach out to Calverley Service Experts. We offer affordable maintenance and repair service, along with cost-effective installation and replacement services. In addition, with financing options available, even big upgrades will suit your budget. For more details about our services or to request an estimate, please contact your local Calverley Service Experts office today. 

Savings For You

See All Offers Here >

$50 OFF HVAC Tune-up Special

There’s no reason to skip your seasonal maintenance that saves energy and helps ensure your air conditioner and heater will work reliably all season long.

  • Regularly $129, now only $79
  • Save up to 30% on energy bills
  • Written Expert Service Guarantee

$50 OFF Any Repair

  • Save $50 on a Paid Service
  • Written 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Plus, ask how to save an additional 15% and waive your trip charge!

© 2023 Service Experts, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, and the Service Experts logo and design are registered trademarks of Service Experts LLC and used under license by SE Canada Inc. All Rights Reserved. *Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable Terms and Conditions.