March 21, 2019
It’s March and spring is finally here! We’ve all been looking forward to warmer temperatures and sunnier skies in Massachusetts, but the new season is also a good reminder to look at how homeowners can save on their energy bills. We’ve compiled some suggestions for your home improvement this spring.
Check out these helpful tips to save you money on your home energy bills this year:
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Setting your temperatures lower at night and while you’re out of the house can cut 10% off your annual heating costs, according to Energy.gov. Thermostats that you can program are the way to go: it’s a set-it-and-forget-it way to save money each year. Besides, the settings can be overridden easily if you want to make an adjustment.
Avoid Spending on Phantom Power
Phantom power is the term used for energy that powers standby electronics. Televisions, computers, and even lamps use a small amount of electricity when they’re plugged in, even if the power is off. You can avoid paying for this phantom power by plugging electronics into a power strip and turning off the strip when you’re not them. This can save you up to $100 a year!
Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting
According to Energy.gov, replacing five light bulbs with high-efficiency ones can save you up to $75 a year on your electric bill. That’s a big chunk of cash you could be investing elsewhere. Look for ENERGY STAR® bulbs if you want efficiency and cost savings.
Get an Annual HVAC Tune-Up
Annual air conditioning, furnace, and boiler tune-ups can save you money in several ways. First, the increased fuel efficiency will prolong your oil or gas usage. Second, the maintenance will prevent emergency service calls and repairs. Third, the better you take care of your equipment, the longer it will last before needing to be replaced. Contact Falmouth to schedule an equipment tune-up today!
Lower Your Water Heater Temperature
Ask a professional to lower the temperature on your hot water heater. You won’t use the same amount of heat you used in the winter, so why pay for it? Falmouth can adjust your water heater’s temperature so you don’t spend more than you need to.
As always, contact Falmouth with any questions or to schedule service! We look forward to hearing from you soon.