If you want to learn some things you can do to reduce cooling costs, you have found the right page. I am going to show you several things you can do to get those electric bills down. But first, you need to understand why you have a high electric bill. Many people think that if they can put high R-value insulation in a home that effectively drive down the cost of heating a cooling. While a higher R-value insulation is rating to insulate better than lower R-value insulation, it still may not reduce your bill considerably. Why?
Most of the energy efficiency that is lost in the home is lost through the doors, windows and ceiling. This is especially true in older homes. Years ago, energy was very cheap, and there was no demand for energy efficiency. So, windows were built without insulation. Also, many older homes have cracks in the walls and ceilings, and generally weren’t optimized for energy efficiency. Even in newer homes, most of the energy is lost in the doors, windows and ceilings, and therefore your focus should be on maximizing the efficiency from those items. Further, most of the energy consumption is used by your air conditioning system. So here is quick list of things you can do to increase the efficiency in your home, and decrease cooling costs.
- Cut out and re-caulk all your exterior doors and windows.
- Replace your exterior windows with new, low energy doors and windows.
- Replace your spray in insulation in the ceiling with foil backed insulation.
- Replace your air conditioning system with a heat pump system.
- Replace your water heater with an instant heat system.
- Buy a programmable thermostat and automate your temperatures when you will be gone, etc.
- Replace all your light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs.
- Hang dry some or all of your clothes instead of using the dryer.
- Hand wash dishes instead of using the dishwasher.
- Replace that old clunker refrigerator with a new, energy efficient refrigerator.
- Turn lights, TV, etc off when gone or not using them (I know this one is simple, but think about it, how often do you exit a room and leave the light on?)
Some of these are costly, and some are not. But if you can focus on just a few of them, you should start to see you energy costs decreasing. Also, if available, consider shopping around for low cost energy providers. Here in Texas, you can visit powertochoose.org, and get a list of all the available providers in your area, and compare costs, terms, and fees. There are ways to get your energy bill down, go after them!
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