This is a compensated post, however all opinions are entirely my own.
Electricity bills often peak during the winter and summer months. Our biggest bill so far this summer was $187, which isn’t too bad for a nearly 5,000 square foot house. We try tried to make our house as efficient as possible; we wanted to spend less money on our utility bills and more money on making it our home. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite energy saving tips that we use in our home.
Here are some of my favorite tips to save energy and lower our electricity bill:
- Wash as much of our laundry in cold water as possible. I’m not paying to heat water, and it’s gentler on your clothes. I rarely wash anything on a hot water setting unless absolutely necessary.
- We installed a dishwasher that didn’t have a dry setting. We’re never paying to heat dry our dishes. I just use a good rinse aid, and that prevents most spots.
- I installed insulating window blinds and curtains throughout out house. They help keep out cold and heat by insulating our windows.
- 90% of the light bulbs used around our home are CFL (compact fluorescent lights) or LED (light emitting diode) bulbs. The bulbs cost more at purchase, but they last longer and they’re much more energy efficient.
- We routinely change the air filters on our heating and cooling unit. Dirty air filters make it harder to pull air into the system, and thus creates more of an energy burden. It’s also good hygiene to routinely change air filters.
- Landscaping strategically placed around the exterior of the house can help lower electric bills. Trees may take several years to develop, but the shade they provide can be of tremendous value and make them a good investment. They can also provide a windbreak that can insulate during the winter. Bonus: They’ll help make your yard beautiful.
- We installed a programmable thermostat.This allows us to lower/increase temperatures when we aren’t home/asleep, and readjust them before we return/awake. New smart thermostats allow you to adjust your thermostat from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- We set our water heater to 120 degrees. Many hot water heaters are initially programmed to a much higher temperature, and you’re unnecessarily heating water. It also helps to reduce scalding if you have young children.
Do you have any great energy saving tips to share? You’re ideas could win you a prize.
Check out the Lennox Energy Savings Superstar Contest.
Here’s how you can enter:
- Submit your personal energy saving tips in 200 words or less to the Lennox website here.
- Take a photo (2MB or less) of you or your household performing the submitted energy saving tips and submit it with the written explanation.
- Include a short bio about yourself.
Timeline for contest:
- July 1-August 31 Submission window
- September 1-13 Four finalists chosen
- September 14-20 Voting opens on Lennox.com
- On or before October 2 Winner is announced
The grand prize winner will receive:
- Up to $10,000 in Lennox air-conditioning and heating equipment
- A one-year supply of ice cream
- Tickets to a water park in their area
Did you enter the Lennox Energy Savings Superstar Contest? I would love to hear your energy saving tips and check out any contest entries.