How to Save Money on Energy Bills in 2018

Are you looking to save more money in 2018? Even the smallest efforts can add up. One of the ways you can keep more money in your wallet through 2018 is by saving energy. Some of these suggestions are easy DIYs, while others require a bit more work and attention. Either way, you can slowly add money to your savings account by using some of these techniques:

Tip #1: Opt for Energy Star Certified Lights

While it’s a bit too late to use Energy Star Christmas lights, it’s not too late to upgrade old light bulbs. According to the Department of Energy, LED lights use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs. This can equal a small savings at the end of every month.

Tip #2: Clean the Air Ducts

If your air ducts are clogged with dust and grime, this is bad for allergies as well as your bank account. Keeping air ducts clean can help energy easily flow through the system. This also allows the HVAC system to perform more efficiently, which reduces the amount of power required to heat your home.

Don't neglect your ducts!

Don't neglect your ducts!

Tip #3: Use a Wood Burning Fireplace in the Winter

If you’re lucky enough to have a wood burning fire place, take advantage to help lower your utility bills. Chopping wood is also good exercise, so you’ll be doubling up if you have a resolution to get fit in 2018.

 Tip #4: Don’t Heat or Cool Unused Rooms

If you have a guest bedroom that hasn’t been used since the Fourth of July, don’t bother heating it now or trying to cool it down in the winter. This only wastes energy that can be used elsewhere in the home. Close off your vents and interior door to unused rooms.

Keep the heat IN your house with quality insulation.

Keep the heat IN your house with quality insulation.

Tip #5: Insulate Your Attic

Attics that lack sufficient insulation can cost homeowners big bucks. Roughly 25% of energy is lost through the attic space, which can be on the higher end when your roof is old or you don’t have enough insulation.

A quick way to determine if there is enough insulation is by taking a quick look. If you can see the floor through the insulation, it’s time to add more ASAP. There are several choices for insulation, with foam being the most energy efficient. Contact a professional to install the spray foam with special equipment.

Saving money and energy in 2018 is a do-able resolution for any homeowner. Universal Windows Direct’s premium exterior products can increase energy efficiency and lower utility bills. Learn how you can improve your home year after year by contacting us now.