You’ve probably been hearing about the importance of saving energy your whole life. And once you start paying your own bills it becomes much more of a priority. The bigger the house, the bigger the energy bill. There isn’t much you can do to change this, but there are many things you can do to mitigate it. It’s 2018, and there are so many technological advances that result in reduced energy consumption. Beyond that, there are things you can do to lower your energy bills. Low energy bills could be a good selling point if you’re trying to sell your home, too.

Install a Home Energy Monitor

Home energy monitors are invaluable tools. These devices will tell you where you use the most energy. As you probably know, you have to be able to identify where you’re using the most energy before you can make effective changes.

Make Changes to Your Day-to-Day Behavior

The first step to reducing energy is changing the way you use energy in your home. Energy efficient light bulbs and newer, better Energy Star Rated equipment will only go so far if you’re not being mindful of how you use your energy. The behaviors are mostly straight forward, but they’ll make a bigger change than you imagine. You can start by only running your dishwasher when you’ve fully loaded it. You can save more water by doing the same with your washing machine when doing laundry. Save gas or electricity by air drying clothes. You can put up clothes lines by simply stringing them from the eves of your house to your fence.

Instead of running the heat in the winter, stock up on extra blankets to keep warm. Likewise, open windows to create a cross breeze in the summer, and you’ll be able to use your air conditioning less. You probably already know that healing and cooling will make up the bulk of your energy costs.

These behavior adjustments are still the biggest way to reduce your energy costs, so you’re going to want to try to do what you can.

Replace Your Light Bulbs

Huge advances have been made in light bulbs over the years. Tons of electricity gets wasted by traditional incandescent bulbs, and they require frequent replacement. Compared to halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights, or light-emitting diode bulbs, you’re looking at 25-80% less electricity use, and a much longer life span as well.

While it is true that you’ll spend more money on bulbs, between the longer service life and improved efficiency, you’ll end up saving money overall. You get to drop those bills, and help the environment at the same time.

Have you heard of Smart Power Strips?

Smart power strips are an amazing new advance for such a mundane technology. “Phantom Loads” are when electronics continue to pull power even though they’re turned off, or in standby mode. It turns out, that 75% of household energy is used by electronics that are powered down. Smart Power strips, or advanced power strips, can shut down the power completely when devices aren’t used.

Install a Smart Thermostat

When you’re asleep or not at home, you don’t need to heat or cool your house as much. Smart thermostats will solve that problem. You can save up to $180 a year with this change alone.

Update Your Appliances with Newer, More Efficient Appliances

Appliances such as your washer & dryer, and your TV, consume a lot of your power. If you’ve got older appliances, you can reduce your yearly energy consumption with newer Energy Star rated appliances pretty significantly. Energy Star certified clothes washers, for example, consume 25% less energy as well as 45% less water than conventional washers.

Address your Water Heating Expenses

Right now, 47 percent of California is still classified as being in a drought. If energy costs aren’t enough, that is another great reason to cut water use. However, the costs should be enough. Water heating accounts for a major portion of energy costs.

There are a few options for addressing your water heating expenses. The first option is to purchase an energy efficient water heater. You’ll want to be careful with that one and do your research; for example, tankless water heaters are very energy efficient, but they’re not suitable for large families because they can’t handle multiple or simultaneous uses of hot water. Your next option is to simply use less hot water. And the final option is to lower you water heater settings.

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