If we told you that you could save half the money you normally spend on your yearly utility bills, would you believe it? It may be hard to believe, but it’s true. With some simple changes and adjustments at home, you can save big. To find out more, here are our four tips to be more energy efficient at home.
Check For Air Leaks
Over time, the sealant on your windows starts to wear down. If you don’t replace it, you can end up with air leaks. These small, often unnoticeable leaks might not sound like a big problem, but they can dramatically impact the temperature in your home, making your HVAC equipment work overtime. So, every time the season changes, use an incense stick to check if any of your windows are experiencing cracks and drafts. If they are, look into having the sealant and weather-stripping immediately replaced. We at Sleepwell are always here for you in the case of service requests like these!
Replace Older Appliances and Electronics
Older appliances and electronics are not as energy-efficient as new ones. Consider replacing these energy-draining appliances with EnergyStar certified ones instead. They are specially designed to cut down on your energy and lower your monthly bills. To get the biggest bang for your buck, consider switching out your washer and dryer, oven, fridge, dishwasher, TV, and water heater, which can save you thousands of dollars annually. If that’s not quite in your budget this year, consider switching to low-flow toilets, showerheads, and taps to save money in the interim. Luckily for you, Sleepwell properties come with appliances which are up-to-date and efficient.
Unplug When Not In Use
Believe it or not, when you turn off your electronics and appliances but keep them plugged in, they could still be draining energy. Most electrical devices still use electricity and consume power even in standby or sleep power modes. Some even consume phantom energy that has an external power supply connected to it like cell phone chargers, those with a clock or LCD panel and light. If you’re not using a device, unplug it entirely from the wall – it can easily help you to be more energy efficient at home.
Utilize Off-Peak Times
If you’ve been using your water and electricity during peak times, you’re literally spending double the money on the energy that you’re using. To cut your bills down drastically, find out from your local utility service when the peak and off-peak times are throughout the week. Then, adjust your shower, dishwashing, and laundry schedules to reduce your energy bills.
Living in an energy-draining manner will cost you. But most people don’t have the time to do all the monitoring, servicing, and replacing that is required. That’s why you need a property manager to take care of all your home care needs and to keep those energy costs down. At Sleepwell Property Management, we provide professional property management services to homeowners and offer tenants a number of well-managed and energy efficient options. Contact us today to find out more.