We all go through the same horrible experience each month. The utility bill arrives and we are filled with dread as we open the envelope. Once it is open, the dread is replaced by a quick onset of depression as we face the consequences of our previous month’s energy usage. You might not empathise with this situation entirely, as many bills are sent electronically nowadays. But that feeling of dread is certainly universal. However, it does not have to be that way. There are a lot of improvements that can be made to a home that will instantly make it more efficient, and help save you money regularly. Here are some basic home improvements that you can make to help you save money.
Have you ever noticed that certain areas of your house are colder than others? Or that you can feel a slight breeze when you sit by a particular window or door? These cold areas are not just inconvenient, but they are actually costing you money. The good news is that they can be easily fixed. Some simple, low-tech solutions for drafts include buying draft stoppers for cracks underneath your door, or just stopping the gap with a blanket. Buy or make thick curtains for all of your windows, and consider double glazing. Also check for cracks and gaps around the windows, as well as in other places in your house that are exposed to the outside air. If your roof is not properly insulated, now is the time to do it.
There is some amazing new technology around that is made specifically to save you money at home. Automating your home is one of the best ways to save on your monthly energy bill. Some useful home automation gadgets include an energy monitor, an automatic thermostat, and remote controlled lighting. Home technology specialists Vivint will combine all of these things, allowing you to control most aspects of your home using an app on your iPhone. This gives you added control, which helps for security as well as energy reasons.
Energy Star Appliances
The Environmental Protection Agency has created a list of Energy Star appliances and other products that will use energy in the most efficient ways possible. You can view the list on their website. This means that when it comes to buying a new dishwasher for example, you can weigh up the cost of the machine with what it will cost you in the long run. Another way to save money on your appliances is to purchase a smart energy strip. These are relatively cheap, but they will monitor appliances and prevent energy “vampires” by switching off any unused appliances.
The last way to improve your monthly bill is to take certain preventative measures around your house. A lot of large repair bills can be avoided this way. Some things that you should do include cleaning your gutters regularly, checking for mold, fixing leaks in your roof, and checking for any cracks in foundation or walls. All of these tings will be easy to repair now, but might cost you much more later.
About the Author: Lindsey Patterson is a freelance writer who specializes in the latest social and technology trends, specifically involving home automation advancements. She is currently acting as a consultant to Vivint. Follow them on Twitter here.