5 Ways You Can Start to Save Energy at Home Today
It’s no secret that San Diego energy costs are constantly on the rise and tend to add up fast. Between cooling and heating your home and your household’s daily use of electricity, it’s easy to be caught off guard at how much power costs have risen practically overnight!
Luckily, there are dozens of ways that you can lower your home or office energy bill by hundreds of dollars a year, and make your home more-eco-friendly. But sorting through all the different options can be a task all it’s own.
We’ve done that work for you. Below, we’ve highlighted our 5 favorite ways to help lower your monthly power bill so you can get straight to the savings.
- Home Solar
Installing a home solar system can give you some serious savings on a yearly basis, sometimes up to 30-40% of your current power bill. Solar panels (or photovoltaic cells) are one of the best ways you can reduce pollution and lower your power bill. With a variety of packages to choose from, many homeowners pay little to no money out of pocket and also benefit from a variety of green energy tax credits.
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- Smart Thermostats – Nest
With the Nest thermostat you can control your home temperature directly from your smartphone or tablet and also optimize your home’s temperature to save the most energy, which saves homeowners an average of 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling costs – between $130-$150 per year.
The Nest system also has a feature which displays the “Nest Leaf” when your home is in “energy saving mode” to encourage you to save more energy. Reasonably priced and relatively simple to install, the Nest is on the top of our list for ways to save energy at home.
- LED Light Bulbs
According to Redfin, on average 12% of your home’s energy bills go to lighting. Have you upgraded your home to use LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs?
In a report by Energy Star, LED light bulbs can use 70-90% less energy than traditional bulbs, and last at least 15 times longer. If you are looking for a quick change that will give you energy savings for years to come we recommend checking out some LED light bulb replacements.
- Smart Light Switches
Something that is often overlooked when reviewing a home for energy savings are the light switches you have in each room. Installing new light switches with motion sensors can provide you instant energy savings by having the lights turn off automatically when no one is in the room. Some of these switches also have a dimmer option, which allows you to raise or lower the level of light in the room, and according to Lutron, can reduce your energy use by 4-9% and significantly extend the length of life of your bulbs.
In combination with your new LED light bulbs, installing a “smart” light switch can provide significant savings over the year.
- Smart Powerstrips
Smart powerstrips are a simple solution to an annoying and costly problem. Smart powerstrips allow you to block energy from going to “energy vampires” – devices that are plugged in but fully charged or shut off. Energy vampires are blamed for 10-20% of all home wasted energy.
These powerstrips will sense when the energy demand for an object changes, and turn off the power to the item when it is no longer needed, saving you money by eliminating vampire power.