Utility bills keep your home running safely and comfortably, but sometimes it’s painful to realize just how expensive that can get.
Utahns understand the struggle more than most, since our summer months are hot, hot, hot. Then in the winter we’re trudging through feet of snow and battling icy winds. Our air conditioning and heating units work hard year-round, but this can mean our bills get a little high during the extreme months. Is there anything you can do about it? Yes!
5 Ways to Destroy Your Energy Bills
- Get Your Air Conditioning Unit Checked
If your A/C unit is running inefficiently you may not even know. Sometimes air conditioning units can freeze up or use way more energy than is necessary because they’re old, wounded, or otherwise compromised. Just getting a quick checkup can make sure that your air conditioner is working efficiently.
If something is wrong and the air conditioner needs to be fixed or replaced, it’s worth it in the long run to do it—sometimes it’s expensive. But it will help the unit last longer, and your monthly utility bill will come down.
- Turn Everything Off
Make it a habit of sweeping your house and turning everything off each night before bed, leaving only one, if any, lights on at night. Encourage your family to turn off lights and appliances when they’re done using them. You might also consider opening the blinds or curtains during the day for natural light rather than lights that run on energy.
Another energy-saving idea is to leave rarely-used items unplugged, since they can still seep energy when they aren’t in operation. Items like phone chargers, countertop appliances (I.e., toasters, blenders, and coffee makers), and fans are just a few examples of things that continue to waste energy when not in use.
- Cool off Your Water
Here’s another way to save on your utility bills: turn your water heater’s base temperature down a little bit! Most are set at 140+ degrees, but most people will find that they don’t need it to be quite that high. It costs you more energy and money to heat the water that hot. According to CNET, people do well within the range of 120-140 degrees, so you have the option to dial it down somewhere between 10-20 degrees in an effort to save energy every single month.
- Upgrade to EnergyStar Appliances
Look for the energy star indications on products like light bulbs, filters, and other necessary home items. If you’ve been thinking about getting a new washer & dryer, dishwasher, or fridge, you may find that the more energy-efficient options on the market today save you on a monthly utility bill.
- Check Your Windows
If your windows are old or damaged, you could be leaking your expensive air conditioning and heating. You’re also allowing hot or cold air from outside to come in and force your A/C and heater to work even harder, raising your monthly energy and utility bills.
A few indications that your windows are leaking air and might need to be replaced are as follows:
- Condensation between window panes
- Warping and water damage on the frames
- Noise leaking
- Feeling a draft
- Skyrocketing energy bills
Replace Your Windows with Mountain States Windows & Siding
Calling a window expert like Mountain States Windows & Siding for a consolation will ensure that your windows are properly fit, hung, and sealed, keeping your utility bills low. If necessary, you can upgrade your windows to further insulate your home and save big on your energy bills. And with us, you’ll save big on your new windows too! We serve homes in Utah County and Salt Lake County, Utah, so if you’re ready to upgrade your windows, contact us today for a free estimate!