Many people staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, their electric and gas bills may have grown. During winter, they could climb even higher. Working from home and virtual schooling will increase the cost of keeping always warm faces an increase in utility bills.
Check out some tips on how to reduce the winter utility bill in your homes and save your money.
Check the air leaks in your home
Can your hear any whistling sound near your windows,front and back doors ? During winterdays these air leaks will increase the utility energy bill to keep your home warm.
Sealing your windows can be done easily with a trip to your local home improvement store. Just pick up some caulking or weather stripping material for your doors and windows .The weather strips ,caulk , caulk gun will cost you less than $20 but it save your energy bill up to 20%.
Choose your water heater
During winter days hot water consumption is more which increases the energy costs more. The selection of water heater also affects the utility energy bill.
Electric heat pump water heater is more energy efficient than a conventional electric storage water heater. About 20% of your home’s energy use in water heating. It has to provide enough hot water but also that will save your energy and money.
In some houses people typically use Natural-gas water heaters for less energy cost than electric heaters. But those gas model storage tanks are cost more than electric models.
Fix your leaky faucets
Mostly in winter days people like to use lot of hot water in faucets and appliances. If these faucets and appliances have any leakages results the utility energy cost more than usual.
You can fix low flow fixtures to save energy efficient dishwasher and also cloth washer. Low flow fixtures will be around 20$ but it will save more than 25 % utility energy bill.
Unplug your devices
Most of us don’t considered to unplug their devices when they are turned off. Like entertainment units, charger plugs, kitchen appliances plugs, other devices plugs in their home.
Actually, if you know the phantom energy bill will cover min $100 per year utility energy cost of that house. You can save this $100 and can use for your essential needs.
Using low-flow showerheads
If you use Aerating showerheads, it will mix air with water and forms a misty spray. Laminar-flow showerheads form individual streams of water.
If you live in a humid climate, you might want to use a laminar-flow showerhead because it won’t create as much steam and moisture as an aerating one. Aerators are inexpensive to replace and they can be one of the most cost-effective water conservation measures.
Using Energy efficient dishwasher
You can consume less energy with an energy-efficient dishwasher when properly used and when only operating it with full loads. Check the energy guide label, when you purchase a new dishwasher.
Check the settings on your dishwasher. Use the energy-saving mode to preserve half the water and water heating energy and it can be used by other cycles. For best results, be sure to stack dishes neatly in the dishwasher trays. Some features will help to reduce more hot water usage for cycles.
Thus, we can save the energy bill during COVID-19 pandemic by making small behavioral changes like unplug all the devices after usage, turn off the unused lights, utilize natural daylight through windows.
Similarly, adjusting your thermostats, using fully loaded washer dryer, energy saving water heater setting, and using energy saving appliances and smart home techniques can help you to save your wallet money.
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