Things That Save You Money On Your Energy Bill

We all the know the weather is starting to get cold and windy in St. Charles and Geneva IL.  During the winter months, our energy bills can get out of control.  Here are several ways to reduce costs and help you save money each month. Some are common knowledge and others most people forget about or do not think about.

Refrigerator:

  • Set your refrigerator between 37-40 degrees
  • When your refrigerator is on “its last leg,” buy a high-efficiency refrigerator
  • Make it a point in your cleaning routine to clean the refrigerator coils
  • Check your door seals and make sure they are air tight

Dishwasher:

  • Make sure you scrape your dishes instead of rinsing or just putting in the dishwasher
  • Only wash full loads or large loads
  • Start using a shorter wash cycle, especially if you do not have a high efficiency dishwasher
  • If you have time and a place, air dry dishes if feasible

Oven/Microwave:

  • Keep oven door closed as much as possible
  • If you have an electric stove, try and turn off the burners as soon as you can
  • Use a gas range with a pilotless ignition
  • Try to use a toaster oven or Foreman grill for smaller items
  • Defrost food before cooking
  • Use pots that match the size of the burners
  • When cooking at lower temperatures, put a lid on the pot

Wash & Dryer:

  • Clean out lint from both dryer vent and filter before using
  • Wash completely full loads of laundry
  • Try to dry loads one after another
  • Use cold water to wash and rinse your clothing
  • Buy front loading washers
  • Use a cold water detergent

Heating:

  • Have your heating system serviced every year
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Lower thermostat setting when not home and when you are sleeping
  • Change furnace filters every 1 or 2 months
  • Make sure home is insulated properly.  Most ceiling and attic spaces in IL should have at least R-50 rating
  • Add weather stripping around windows and doors.  Window caulking and a plastic window film can help you save money on your bills
  • Open the fireplace damper only when you are using the fireplace. Close when cool enough.
  • Make sure furniture or rugs are not blocking heat registers
  • Manage your thermostat correctly.   You can save up to 3% on your energy bills by turning down your thermostat by just one degree

Plumbing:

  • Set water heater to 120 degrees
  • Make sure you don’t have any leaky faucets.  Repair immediately so water bill does not go up.
  • Buy low-flow shower heads and faucets
  • Insulate water heater and pipes surrounding it
  • Try to limit long baths or showers
  • Drain built up sediment from your water heater

Lighting:

  • Use automatic timers
  • Let the sun help heat your house…Open the blinds with the sun and close when dark
  • Use 3-way bulbs to reduce energy
  • Use CFL bulbs outside
  • Put lamps in corners to reflect light off the walls
  • Increase task lighting.  Use things such as candles, under cabinet lighting, and a desk lamp

All of these things not only help you save money each month, but also help keep your home in great shape.  Buyers in today’s real estate market are willing to pay for a well kept property.  If you are thinking of moving or have any questions about real estate feel free to contact me anytime.

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