The last thing anyone wants to worry about is high utility bills. But did you know there are some easy tricks you can use to strategically lower the cost of your utilities and save money? At Embark, we put the needs of our customers first and we wanted to share our top 4 money saving tips with you and help you lower your utility bills.
1. Seal Up
When temperature controlled air leaks out of the crevices of your home, it forces your HVAC to work harder. This can be a major problem during summer or winter, when its job is most important. As air leaks out of your house, money does too. As your HVAC works to correct the temperature, it requires more power. If you seal up the cracks and crevices around your windows and walls, you can reduce your energy costs significantly.
2. Double Check
When you go to sleep at night or leave your house for the day, double check that all your lights and fans are turned off and your electronics are unplugged. If you prefer to leave certain devices (like phone chargers) plugged in at all times, consider buying a power strip so that you can turn off the power to all of the devices at once by hitting just one button.
3. Control Temps
Adjust your thermostat to temperatures optimized for cost efficiency while you are home. The best temp for summer months is 78 degrees, while the best temp for winter months is 68 degrees. When you are out of the house, turn your heat or air conditioning down or off completely since no one will be home to enjoy it anyway.
4. HVAC Upkeep
Do not neglect your HVAC. Have it inspected annually by a professional, and keep the interior components clean. If you forget to change your filter on a regular basis, your HVAC will run less efficiently and drive up your utility cost. You can even end up reducing its lifespan since it has to work so much harder than it would normally. Change your filter at least once every 90 days, or in some households with lots of pet hair, once per month.
We hope these simple tips and tricks can help take a little bit of extra money off your utility costs and put it back into your wallet where it belongs.