As a renter, you would be cutting costs to save enough money to either build or buy your personal house. Fortunately, aside from rent control being enacted, one of the easiest ways to save is by cutting costs right there in your house.
When you think of energy efficiency, do you visualize a self-programming thermostat or some optimized and technologically modified cooling systems?
Although these are excellent ways of achieving your aim, they could be quite costly. So, here are tips that if practiced could cut your bills down by at least 20% to 30%.
Use Rugs on Bare Floor
You might be wondering, what do rugs have to do with energy efficiency? Actually, a lot- especially during winter. Area rugs serve decorative functions well enough; they add color and style to a room, giving it that cozy atmosphere we all love.
However, during the cold winter months, they serve another purpose: insulation. Rugs add some amount of insulation to a room by keeping cooled air underneath and preventing it from cooling the room.
Rug trap heat more efficiently than hardwood floors, and they could give your heating system a break during the winter season.
Go for Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Incandescent bulbs haven’t been produced since 2014; and if you are still using them, you should be aware of their deficiency inefficiency. The new generation bulbs shine brighter and longer compared to conventional bulbs.
Considering that an average household has at least 40 bulbs, one can conclude that they are efficient energy solutions and make us get more of a very useful product.
This is why you should make a smart switch from energy gulping bulbs to energy-saving bulbs such as Compact Fluorescent light (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED). Not only do you get the benefit of stepping down your energy bill, but you also get to save money on replacement bulbs.
Harness the Power of the Sun
Asides deriving all of your energy from a community grid, it would be wise if you look for some sort of alternative. When it comes to delivering electricity to a home, solar generators are the cleanest and most reliable sources of energy.
Purchasing solar generators for your home (backup power) not only saves you the cost incurred as a result of your reckless energy use, but it also presents you with a greener option than petroleum generators.
Thus, you reduce your electricity bills while preventing the degradation of your home planet, Earth.
Meanwhile, you should know that your room’s temperature is dependent on how good air circulation is. Poor circulation would lead to undesired temperatures. In most rooms, ceilings are the controller of air.
Your ceiling fan should be pushing the air during summer and drawing it up during winter. Striking the balance depending on each season is necessary if you want to maintain proper airflow.
Weather-strip your Windows
Windows are one major way you could either lose or gain heat in your home. During the summer, they let cool air out, causing the cooler to overwork itself.
Similarly, during the winter, they cause the cool air to come in; giving the heater more work to do. Poorly insulated windows would make you pay higher energy bills.
If you can take care of this simple thing, you wouldn’t have to bother much about the cooler and the heater; instead, you give them a break.
Fortunately, there are great ways that would efficiently weather-strip your windows. To reduce the cost, you can choose to buy an inexpensive window insulator and add thermal curtains.