Why Is My Energy Bill So High?
Don’t Let High Energy Bills Bring You Down
Do you dread sending significant chunks of your paycheck to your local energy company every month? You may be surprised by the large number of household energy drains that contribute to this problem. Here are the top household energy drains that occur in many homes.
Appliances – A big energy drain comes from all those convenient appliances. While dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers may be hard to give up, you can make a few changes that will reduce your electric bill. First of all, try washing your dishes and clothes in the evening instead of the peak day hours. Also, turn off the heated drying cycle on your dishwasher and let your dishes air dry. In the summer, try cooking out on the grill more than turning on the oven. In the long run, every small step to save energy will lower your bill.
Lighting –Leaving lights on around your house is like tossing money out the window, especially if you’re using inefficient incandescent bulbs. Instead, replace old bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent or LED bulbs and only turn on the lights that you need.
Air and Duct Sealing – Air leaks have a sneaky way of letting the temperate air out of your home and the outside air in. That means the cold air infiltrates your home in the winter and the hot air leaks through in the summer. By checking for cracks and sealing the leaks around doors, windows, vents and ducts, you can significantly reduce your energy bill.
Ventilation and Air Filtration – If you have an attic, you may be losing energy through the ventilation system. A professional service can evaluate your home for energy-stealing thermal leaks. You should also replace your air filters regularly. Dirty filters will restrict the air flowing through your home and cause your heater or AC to run longer and harder.
Heating Systems – If your heating system is over fifteen years old or your water heater is over ten years old, you could be wasting a lot of energy. In fact, about 30 percent of your energy bill comes from simply heating your home every year. According to Consumer Reports, updating your heating appliances can save you a lot of money in the long run. Not only will your heating bills be lower, you’ll be eligible for federal tax credits the year you get the energy-saving heater installed.
To truly evaluate your home’s energy performance, you should ask for an in-home energy audit from a qualified oil company. By having an energy specialist evaluate your house and give you specific recommendations, you’ll know for sure how to make your home more energy efficient. For a free home energy audit, contact us at Dupuis Oil or visit our website today.