If your air conditioner has been running on overtime this past week because of the extreme heat' chances are you're dreading the thought of looking at your electric bill' but experts say there are some simple changes you can make today to ease your pocketbook.
Getting a home energy audit is a great way to know where money is falling through the cracks in your home.
In the Twin Cities, the Home Energy Squad offers home energy audits all year-round. The program is provided by Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy and administered by the Center for Energy and Environment.
A visit with the Home Energy Squad can last between one and three hours depending on the home and the type of visit. Crew members help homeowners evaluate energy-saving opportunities in the home and install energy-saving products on the spot.
Experts say simple changes to save money include installing a door weather stripping' LED bulbs' high-efficiency faucet aerators and showerheads' programmable or smart thermostats and more.
The worst is yet to come according to Brits
BRITS have been battling with one of the worst cost of living crises in decades as energy bills' fuel prices and inflation have soared.
But struggling households are still being warned that the worst is yet to come later this year. Households saw the energy price cap rise 54 percent in April. In October' it could rise 40 percent – or an increase of £2'750 for the average dual fuel bill.
Here are the ways you can save on your energy bill' ranked by popularity thanks to GoCompare Energy. Results showed over two-thirds (64 percent) of those surveyed have started turning off the lights when they leave a room. While simple' this is the top measure people are taking to save money and reduce energy usage around the home.
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The second most popular method' favored by 54 percent of responders' was to turn off appliances when they’re not being used or in standby mode. Unnecessary background usage of our devices is something we can all be guilty of without noticing. Not far behind at 45 percent was to stop boiling water so frequently by filling the kettle to the top.
While washing clothes on a lower heat setting and taking shorter showers was a popular choice for nearly 40 percent This could be particularly handy in the summer months when you can dry clothes outside.
Changing light bulbs to LED bulbs (28 percent was a handy cost-cutting choice for nearly a third of those surveyed. 24 percent said no longer using the tumble dryer was a helpful method and again will be especially useful in the warm weather. And making the house more energy efficient in general was a good choice for 19 percent of responders.
This could include solar energy or installing loft insulation for the winter months. While not strictly under our control' 18 per cent of people asked said that going to bed earlier helped save on soaring energy bills. Last but not least' 17 per cent of responders said using the slow cooker instead of the oven also helped fight costs.
Just 10 per cent of respondents said they weren’t implementing any energy-saving measures at all.
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