As promised, here I am paying forward what I’ve learned from Bob, my energy-guru neighbor. In case you still depend on electricity like most of us do and you are frightened at the thought of your monthly bill, I’m gonna give you some tips to reduce your energy bill. This time I’m just gonna provide you with a simple checklist of things you can do to reduce your energy bill—30 things in total! We’re gonna explore some of them and others more on the following days.
- During the day, keep windows and doors closed. Use blinds and shades to cover doors to reduce heat and cool air loss.
- During winter, set your thermostat as low as possible for your comfort level. Try 68 degrees or less.
- When using an air conditioning unit of any sort, set your thermostat for 78 degrees or higher.
- When you leave on vacation, set your thermostat for 85 degrees or higher during warm seasons.
- Use a shade or covering with an air conditioning unit’s condenser.
- Weather strip doors, windows, pipes, and ducts.
- When using central air conditioning or heating, close vents to rooms in your home you don’t use.
- Use your dryer when it is full—or air dry clothes.
- Insulate your attic and ceiling. Proper insulation may reduce energy costs by as much as 25 percent.