While you might work on personal goals for the New Year, it’s also important to think about ways you can lower your energy bill for your Alabaster, Alabama, home. If you work on your home’s energy efficiency for the upcoming year by following these three tips, you can save money on your energy bill.
Replace Your Light Bulbs
An easy way to lower your energy bill is to replace your incandescent lights with eco-friendly light bulbs. Switch to CFLs or LED lights, both of which last longer and are more energy-efficient. You can get the same amount of light while using less energy.
Lower Your Thermostat
Another easy task is to lower your thermostat. You could save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills if you lower your thermostat between 7 and 10 degrees for eight hours a day. Save additional money by switching to a programmable or smart thermostat from the traditional thermostat.
A programmable thermostat allows you to create a schedule that follows your family’s routine. You can keep your home warm or cool based on when your family is at home. A smart thermostat lets you change the temperature remotely via a mobile device.
Update Your HVAC System
The New Year is the perfect time to replace your HVAC system, especially if it’s more than 15 years old. While the up-front cost is a big investment, a newer unit is more energy-efficient and can potentially reduce your energy costs by hundreds of dollars each year. When looking for a new system, look at Energy Star-certified heating and cooling units.
To help you stay on track with your goals for the New Year, set specific expectations. Compare your monthly energy bills and note any differences. The amount of money you save should encourage you to stay on track so that energy efficiency becomes a habit. For more help with cost-saving measures, and information about new systems, reach out to Total Comfort Heating and Air at (205) 386-2056.
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