6 Ways To Cut Energy Costs at Home
Energy costs can take a big bite out of a senior’s budget, especially for those living on a fixed income or relying on support from their family in order to stay at home.
Luckily, there are quite a few changes you can make around your loved one’s home to cut down their energy bills! Besides saving money, these changes will transform their home into a sustainable and efficient home, not to mention make a significant impact on the environment.
Here are a few ways to help lower your loved one’s energy expenses.
Look for the source of energy loss
Ever wonder why your loved one’s bedroom, bathroom, or den stays cold despite the heat being on? How about their windows? Do you feel a draft once in a while? One way to lower your loved one’s energy expenses is by figuring out if and where hot or cold air is escaping from your house. Some utility companies offer audits as a service for homeowners.
Dress in layers!
Did you know that you can save 10% of energy costs if you dress your loved one, and yourself, in more layers? This is especially important since seniors are more susceptible to developing hypothermia during colder months. By dressing in layers, you’ll be able to turn down the thermostat and save your client or loved one some serious money.
Replace old appliances
The older your appliances, the more energy they waste. Surprise your loved one or suggest that your client’s family purchase energy-saving appliances, like a stove, fridge, and especially a new washer and dryer. They are much more efficient and save your loved one thousands of dollars for years to come.
Fix leaky faucets
Paying more attention to you and your loved one’s water usage is a great way to save valuable energy. Common culprits include leaky, dripping faucets. It can also be a toilet running longer than necessary after flushing. Get these items repaired ASAP to cut down on your water bill.
Unplug unused devices
We all have a host of electrical appliances in our homes that we rarely use. Keeping them plugged in can lead to higher electric bills. Go room-by-room and identify appliances you can unplug.
Install ceiling and attic fans
If you don’t already have attic or ceiling fans, consider having them installed. Attic fans quickly remove hot air from your home during summer months, making air conditioning less necessary. Ceiling fans circulate air, helping to lower energy costs year-round.