With inflation consistently putting more pressure on home budgets, it’s more important than ever before to find ways to save money.
One easy way to do so is by reducing your energy bill. Research shows that you can save up to 30% on your bills by adopting green alternatives.
These are the leading ways to make your home more energy efficient by investing in new appliances.
Start with an Energy Audit
The average home spends more than $2,000 annually on energy costs. This includes heating and cooling your home and supplying power to appliances and lighting.
A professional energy auditor will determine exactly where you’re wasting energy. It may be that poor air seals on the doors or windows are allowing in outside air.
You could have an inefficient water heater or wasteful incandescent lights. Whatever the case may be, an energy audit is a sound first step toward discovering savings, making it one of our leading energy efficient tips.
Switch to Energy Efficient LED Lights
Light-emitting diode (LED) lights are considered the best option for saving energy and reducing costs. That’s because quality LED bulbs will last longer and are more durable compared to other forms of lighting.
In fact, ENERGY STAR-rated LED lights use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lights. This leads to an average savings of $225 per year for houses with LEDs.
The country is moving toward widespread use of LEDs in home electrical installation, which is anticipated to have a positive environmental and financial impact.
Invest in the Right Washer and Dryer
The average American family does about 300 hundred loads of laundry a year. You can begin to see energy savings simply by washing your clothes in cold water, which doesn’t require heating the water up.
If you’re in the market for a new washer or dryer, you should consider those that have ENERGY STAR certification. These typically use 25% less energy and 33% less water than traditional washing machines. Over the lifetime of these products, you can expect to save $370 in energy costs.
New dryers can also save you plenty of money. While many think of switching out washing machines, one study found that Americans could save a whopping $4 billion simply by switching to energy-efficient dryers.
Check Out New Dishwashers
Today’s ENERGY STAR dishwashers use up to 40% less energy per cycle compared to other models on the market. They have energy-saving wash cycles, and many have a “no heat” drying method that adds more energy savings.
New “soil sensor” technology automatically adjusts the amount of water depending on how dirty the dishes are. This means you only use the water you need.
Get a Smart Thermostat
Heating and cooling are every home’s biggest energy users. A smart thermostat like Ecobee or Nest will help you waste far less energy.
This technology will learn your daily schedule and temperature preferences. They can even incorporate local weather data to save energy automatically.
Start Saving Energy in Your Home
With a few simple updates, you can make your home more energy efficient.
To find out more about saving energy with your home electrical system, fill out the contact form at White Electric or call (972) 436-5020.