As a homeowner, you’re always looking for ways to save money. Utilities are one of the greatest expenses you’ll have each month, so cutting costs and energy usage can make a big difference. With a thermal imaging inspection from Residential Inspector of America, you can see just where your home is losing cold air and heat, resulting in higher energy bills. But if you want to save even more, here are five other ways to achieve bigger savings.
1. Lower the Temperature of Your Water Heater
When people think about cutting their energy usage, they rarely think about adjusting their water heater temperature. However, it’s important to know that your water heater accounts for roughly 17% of your monthly energy usage. So, turning down the dial can really benefit you and put more money back in your pocket.
2. Check Windows and Doors
You may not realize it, but the cracks around your doors and windows could be the reason your home is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. If you want to cut back on energy usage, make sure these areas around your home are properly sealed. An overworked furnace or AC will certainly manifest into higher energy bills.
3. Replace Your Air Filter
When was the last time you checked your furnace air filter? If you can’t remember, then it’s time for a replacement. The filter in the furnace helps remove dust, pet dander, and other allergens from the air in your home. Unfortunately, over time, all of these particles build up and clog your filter, which prevents proper airflow, making your furnace work harder. And you’ll see just how hard when you get your next energy bill.
4. Take Cold Showers
If taking a cold shower first thing in the morning sounds unappealing, hear us out. By not using hot water, you’re already saving on energy, but taking cold showers comes with health benefits as well. Some of these benefits include improving blood flow, more energy, higher metabolism, and younger-looking skin. It’s unconventional but could save your money on next month’s energy bill.
5. Install New Bulbs
There’s a reason we recommend LED light bulbs to homeowners, and it’s not just because they last longer. LED light bulbs are 80% more efficient than traditional light bulbs. Over the next decade, you could save as much as $1,000 just by making the switch to LED bulbs. If you want the best results, look for bulbs with the Energy Star on the box.
Find Out Where Your Home is Losing Energy
When you think of a residential home inspector, you probably don’t picture a team that knows how to save you money. But that’s exactly what you’ll get with Residential Inspector of America. We know buying a home in Fulton County, GA, can be stressful, but we’re here to help put your worrisome mind at ease. In addition to our thermal imaging inspection, we will also perform a mold test, radon test, and sewer line inspection, so you know exactly what you’re buying. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (770) 476-4963.