Things You Can Do to Lower Your Energy Bill in the Summer
Install a Door Sweep
A common place where air leaks occur is under the door leading from the house to the garage because they are often not as well sealed as doors leading directly to the outside. Install a door sweep to seal the gap between the bottom of your door and the threshold to prevent cold air from escaping your home.
Caulk Your Windows
Window air leakage can be reduced by applying a continuous bead of caulk around the window trim where it meets the wall, at the mitered joints of the trim, and between the trim and the frame. Make
sure the caulk can be painted.
Check Your Air Ducts
In typical homes, about 20% of the air that moves through the air duct system is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts. Check all of the accessible ducts, such as in the attic to look for holes and tears, and seal them using mastic or metal tape.
Reset Your Hot Water Heater
Most water heaters are set to 140 degrees. Instead, set your hot water heater to 123 degrees, which is
the temperature needed to kill bacteria.
Close Your Fireplace Flue
Attach a pull chain to your flue so it’s easier to open and close without getting your hands dirty. Keeping your flue closed when you’re not burning a fire can save you approximately 10 percent (or more) on your energy bill each month.
Replace Power Strips with “Smart” Power Strips
Those idle, plugged-in devices suck up energy whole not in use. The solution? Smart power strips – they recognize idle devices and automatically power off.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
The USDE estimates that you’ll save 10% off your utility bill just by installing a programmable thermostat.
Insulate your Water Heater
If you have an older water heater, you can save 4-9% on your water heating costs simply by simply wrapping it. The USDE estimates that insulating hot water heater jackets prevent standby heat loss
Add Attic Insulation
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (USDE), the attic is where most of your home’s heat escapes. Why? Heat rises, and most homes don’t have enough insulation to keep it from getting out. Fiberglass insulation is relatively cheap, and it’s easy to install yourself.