How to Cut Down on Utility Costs in 2019
Did you know that National Cut Your Energy Costs Day is coming up on January 10?
Turning down your heater in the winter or your AC in the summer is a pretty typical solution for cutting back on utility costs. But it can also sacrifice your comfort and distract you from fully relaxing in your home.
There are other ways to lower your energy consumption and utility bills each month. Here are some tips on how to cut down on utility costs in the new year from our team at Blue Flame.
Install dimmer switches.
Dimmers are a great way to reduce electricity costs. Instead of just on or off, you have a whole range of lighting to choose from. Keeping the dimmer on a lower setting can ensure you’re saving some energy even while your lights are on. We can help install dimmers on any switch in your home! However, watch out for flickering lights, that could be a sign your dimmer isn’t working properly.
Use ceiling fans all year.
Fans are a popular tool for keeping cool in the summer. But did you know they can help warm you up during winter too? Simply rotate the blades of your ceiling fan to turn counter clockwise, and they will push warm air down into the room.
Use the sun to your advantage.
The sun is an amazing source of energy. It creates light and heat that we can use in our homes. Block the sun in the summer with blackout shades to cool the house down and let the light stream in during the winter. If you open and close your blinds wisely, you can save tons of money throughout the year.
Switch to LEDs.
If you haven’t yet, consider replacing all of your incandescent bulbs with LEDs. LEDs have a longer life span and use less energy over all. Their upfront cost is a little bit higher, but the price is well worth it for the money you can save on utilities.
Turn down your water heater.
Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees to prevent heating unused water. If you really want to focus on energy efficiency this year, consider installing a tankless water heater. They only heat water as you use it, making them the most energy efficient solution on the market.
Upgrade to a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats can make your life so much easier. By adjusting the temperature settings to save energy while you aren’t at home, they can help you stay comfortable while you still save money.
Turn off lights.
Perhaps the most obvious way to save energy in your home is to make sure you are turning off lights as you leave a room and leave your home for the day. Even if you are saving only pennies, they add up over time.
Still wondering how to cut down on utility costs in 2019? Give us a call.
There are many ways to save on your utility bills this season. Follow these tips and you’re sure to get some money back in your pockets! If you want to drastically increase your energy savings this year and upgrade to energy efficient HVAC technology, Blue Flame can help. Give us a call and we will find the perfect solution for your home energy efficiency needs.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.