Your monthly energy bills can feel like Mother Nature is fighting for your money. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some smart things you can do to help reduce your energy bills and save money every month.
It’s time to replace windows
Your home windows can let air flow in and out of them when air should not be flowing. In fact, drafty windows that let air escape can increase your energy bills by 10% to 25%. If this is happening, its time to replace windows in your home with new, energy efficient ones. New replacement windows will keep in your cool air in the summer and your warm air in the winter. Then, your HVAC system won’t have to work so hard, decreasing your heating and cooling bills.
Watch your meter readings
Utility workers come and check your meters so they know how much to charge you every month, but they are human and can make mistakes just like the rest of us. However, their mistakes can be costly to you if they don’t read your meter correctly. You might notice when a huge error occurs, but you might not notice little errors that can add up. Make sure you keep on eye on your meters and compare the numbers to your utility bills to ensure they match up.
Do some landscaping
Trees can become your best friends when it comes you reducing your energy bills. You can plant them strategically around your house to provide shade. This will cool off your home because the sun will not be shining in your windows all the time creating a sort of greenhouse environment. What’s even better is that you are helping the environment every time you plant a tree.
Wouldn’t you love to have extra money every month? Maybe you want to get out of debt, buy a new car, go on vacation, or be able to go out to dinner more often. Whatever your reason, you can save some monthly money by cutting down your energy bills with these tips.