4 Tips to Save on your Energy Bill

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4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy Bill | MyKCM

As a homeowner, it’s important to keep your home running efficiently, not only to save money, but also to help the environment thrive. Whether you want to save money or increase the value of your home in the eyes of potential buyers, the upgrades below are truly a must.

According with Wallet Hub,

“In the U.S., energy costs eat between 5 and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income.”

What should you spend on utilities?

Money Management says,

“If you’re working with a budget, and trust me, you should be, your utility costs should be no more than 8-10 percent of your monthly income.”

How can you make your home more efficient?

EnergyEfficiencyDay.Org provides some handy tips that can help you improve the energy efficiency of your home. Here are a few simple ones to consider, and how to make them happen:

1. Make the Switch to LED

LEDs are a great example of how innovation and technology can make your life easier. They last at least 25 times longer and consume up to 90 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs.

Tip: By switching five of your home’s most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs, it’s possible to save $75 on energy costs annually.

2. Seal Those Leaks

On average, heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy consumption. In fact, all the little leaks can be equivalent to leaving open a 3-foot-by-3-foot window.

Tip: Take simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors to save up to 20% on heating costs.

3. Heat and Cool Efficiently

Don’t waste money heating or cooling an empty home. Install a programmable thermostat and in colder weather schedule your home’s heat to lower when you are away or asleep and increase when you are returning home or waking-up. In warm weather, schedule the thermostat to raise the temperature when you are away or asleep, and lower it at other times.

Tip: Follow the U.S. Department of Energy recommended temperatures and be energy-efficient all year. 

4. Maintain Your HVAC System

Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder to keep you warm (or cool) and costing you more money.

Tip: Consider getting a winter tune-up. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a semi-annual or yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can be vital to improve efficiency, saving you money and making your home more comfortable. 

Bottom Line

By making a few key upgrades to your home, you’ll save on your utility bills and improve the energy efficiency of your home. When you’re ready to sell your house, these key features will make it even more attractive to potential buyers. Let’s get together to discuss what buyers are looking for when it comes to energy efficiency options in our area.

 

 

 

 

Originally published at https://www.mykcm.com/2019/10/02/4-tips-to-improve-your-home-and-save-on-your-energy-bill/ 

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Wayne and Jean. Such simple steps to long term savings. Enjoy your day!

Oct 10, 2019 05:05 AM #1
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Rui Yeung
Toronto, ON
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These are excellent tips on ways to save on energy. When my wife and I moved into our new home, we immediately swapped out the halogen bulbs to new energy efficient leds. We also use a programmable thermostat!

Oct 10, 2019 05:50 AM #2
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Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
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Good morning, 

I recently switched to LEDs. Thanks for sharing these great tips for saving!

Oct 10, 2019 06:54 AM #3
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

All great suggestions and easy fixes for the most part.  It is definitely worth your while.

Oct 10, 2019 08:00 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Jean Marie and Wayne - timely energy tips as we transition from one season into another.  Savings in your wallet can have many benefits.  

Oct 10, 2019 08:20 AM #5
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl -  as bulbs burn out I have replaced them with LED.  It has made a difference and, in many cases, the LED's are brighter.

Oct 10, 2019 08:27 AM #6
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, every bit helps, these are great tips to all of us. They're easy to implement as well. 

Oct 10, 2019 10:22 AM #7
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thanks for the helpful tips. I keep forgetting to change my filters but have it on my to-do list for this weekend.

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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as always - great suggestions - I am going to change my filter this morning - thanks! 

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