Our energy bills are “HUGE” and seem to be growing every year. Are you interested in shaving off $200-$400 off your energy bills annually? I am! Here is what the National Association of Home Builders offers as some high-tech tips:
- Automated HVAC Systems. Programmable thermostats can save you about $180 per year in energy costs. Automated systems can be set to reduce usage when you are out, adjust temperatures throughout the day or night or to create heating and cooling zones within the home.
- Water heaters. Tankless gas water heaters turn on and off depending on when the homeowner is actually using the water which can reduce water heating costs up to 35% annually. Water heaters with a timer can be programmed to turn off when the homeowner is away.
- Lighting. Automatic dimmers adjust lighting based on the time of day, which is especially beneficial for exterior lights.
- Blinds & Drapes. Automated blinds and shades are an eco-savvy window treatment. Program these to close during the hottest part of the day in summer and let the sun in during winter.
I hope this information is useful, and if so, pass it on.