Frugal living is all about being smart enough to spot the opportunities for change that are going to save you the most money. It doesn’t always have to mean that you stop purchasing the luxuries of a better life. In fact, sometimes, it might even mean spending a little money. Nowhere is that truer than in your own home. If you can’t quite afford to make the switch to solar power, there are still plenty of little purchases that can make big differences in your energy bill. Here are three of the most effective steps worth taking.
Seal the outside
The best changes are made to the house itself. One of the easiest ways to waste energy is to neglect how you control the environment of the home. The air conditioning and the heating are used to control that environment, but what does it matter when said environment is easily influenced by the outside? Sealing the home begins from there. Finding and sealing air leaks is going to make it a lot more cost effective to control the temperature of the home. Particularly with the roof, where a missing or cracked tile could have all the heat in the house escaping and could also prove as a very serious risk of damp and mold.
Seal the inside
But without the proper padding, there’s still a lot of heat that can move in and out of the house, freely. If you don’t have it installed already, insulation services might give your energy bills their biggest blow yet. Primarily positioned inside the roof of the home, it’s possible to get insulation fitted all over depending on how much you’re willing to invest. You can also save yourself the money you spend on heating your water, as well. Insulating your boiler and pipes helps them retain heat a lot better, meaning they don’t need to be reheated as often to maintain their temperature. Insulating them also decreases the risk that they’re going to burst due to extreme lows in temperature.
Consider Delivered Fuels
Some fuels don’t necessarily have to run through a grid to your home. Some can be delivered by reliable companies like Quarles residential and commercial fuels. Take a look to see how the pricing of these kinds of providers compare to your current suppliers. You could find that there’s a significant saving to be made!
Audit those appliances
Now you’ve prepared the home so that you can control your environment with much less effort and stop the outdoors from influencing it too much, what comes next? A wise step might be to look at the appliances that do all the work for you. Getting an energy audit of your air conditioner, your heating, and other appliances throughout the home can identify which of them use the most energy. It can also help identify which of them are using more energy than they should, which could be a sign of a malfunction that, when fixed, could make a significant impact on your bills.
From the stage where you have the above three in place, it’s all about managing your habits. Let the thermostat down a few degrees when you feel you could comfortably do so. Make a habit of turning off appliances you won’t be using in the next thirty minutes instead of putting them on standby. Use a lamp at night instead of the house lights. Every little change in how you live is an extra bit of money saved.