Cutting energy costs is a great way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Use these tips to improve energy efficiency and lower your monthly utility bills. Here are three ways to reduce the cost of operating your home.
1. Manage Moisture
Make your home more energy efficient by controlling the moisture inside. A hot day is even more uncomfortable when combined with high humidity. Drying the air in your home makes it feel cooler in the summertime, even if you don’t lower the temperature. While your home’s HVAC system will help to reduce moisture in the air, heating and cooling make up as much as 40% of a home’s energy consumption.
On days when the temperature is mild, turn off the HVAC unit and use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. The drier air will feel much cooler and more comfortable and you’ll reduce the chances of mold growth in the home.
2. Use Fans to Improve Energy Efficiency
A fan helps save money on cooling costs. Using box fans and running your ceiling fans will help improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. When the weather is warmer, set the ceiling fan to rotate in a counterclockwise direction. Fans create a windchill effect that helps cool the people in the room.
You can also use fans on mild days or in the evenings instead of running the HVAC system. Open the windows and direct the fan to circulate cooler air.
3. Install a Tankless Water Heater
Home water heaters hold 40 to 50 gallons of hot water, much of which simply sits there until it cools down and must be reheated. Lowering the temperature on the water heater will save energy. You can also wrap the tank in insulation to reduce heat loss from the stored water.
Tankless water heaters rapidly heat the water on demand so that you have hot water when you want it without storing and constantly reheating gallons of water.