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Four Simple Ways You Can Start Cutting Your Utility Costs Today | XL Home Improvement

Four Simple Ways You Can Start Cutting Your Utility Costs Today

Posted on 08. Jan, 2016 by in DIY, Home Improvement

Lowering your utility bills will not always require major lifestyle changes. Many families can easily reduce their monthly energy bills by changing a few minor habits and carry out a few affordable upgrades. Here is a look at four steps you can take to start cutting your utility bills today.

Get an Energy Audit
Anyone that is struggling with expensive energy bills should consider having an energy audit. These audits involve an energy specialist going through your home to find any major efficiency problems and then providing you with a full report of those issues. This often includes cracks around windows, damaged ducts, filters that should be replaced, and older insulation that needs to be upgraded.

Switch Out Your Light Bulbs
One of the easiest ways to save money on your electricity bills is to switch out all of your older light with CFL bulbs. CFL bulbs generally use 76 percent less electricity than their 75W counterparts, and this can mean savings of up to $15 per bulb every year. CFL bulbs also have a much longer lifespan with some products rated to last for 15,000 hours.

Re-Insulate Your Home
Insulation tends to be one part of a home that families ignore for years on end. Some insulation will last for five years or longer, but homeowners should take some time to check their attic and crawlspaces at least once or twice a year. If your current insulation has become flat or damaged from moisture, then it is time to replace it or upgrade to blow-in insulation.

Install a Programmable Thermostat
On average, programmable thermostats reduce heating and cooling bills by 10 to 12 percent. These amazing devices give families unparalleled control over their HVAC system from anywhere in the world. For those that want a hands-off device, some programmable thermostats will take full control of an HVAC system after just a week of use and make adjustments according to the time of day, season, and who is at home.

 

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