Sometimes, small changes really can have a big impact, especially when it comes to your home’s energy efficiency and your budget! Would you walk by a $100 bill and leave it on the sidewalk? Then don’t walk away from over $100 of energy savings that come from simple, inexpensive changes you can make in a weekend! This is a great article filled with tips and ideas for saving money on your energy bills, with links to facts, rebate programs, and even more tips and hints to save you money!
Lighting– Replace your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with models that have the ENERGY STAR label. Savings: $40 per year. Turn off lights. It costs almost $20 per year to leave one light on for 8 hours per day.
Water – According to the EPA’s WaterSense, just one leaky toilet could waste 200 gallons of water per day. And by replacing just one showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled model, you could save $70 per year on water.
And if you’ve tucked away some money for a more significant home upgrade project, consider getting an energy audit to see where that money would be best spent. Keep in mind, bigger projects, such as upgraded insulation, new windows, a high-performance furnace, or energy-efficient appliances, yield bigger energy savings.
Start your search for weatherization assistance by contacting your utility provider. Also search for rebates and incentives and contact information for state and local utility providers.