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Reduce Energy Costs This Spring

Homeowners are always looking for ways to reduce energy costs and save money on their energy bills. The tips provided here will help you reduce energy costs now and in the future. Most are easy, inexpensive, or even free  to perform while others may require a certified professional. HelioPower always recommends tackling the low hanging energy fruit first in order to get the biggest and quickest return on your money. Therefore, we’ve organized these energy saving ideas by level of difficulty starting with those that are the easiest and cheapest to perform.

Reduce Energy Costs the Free, Cheap, and Easy Way:

  1. Clean door seals on your refrigerator, freezer, and oven to prevent leaks. Replace damaged seals.
  2. Vacuum or dust the condenser coils of your refrigerator or freezer to prevent overheating and increase energy efficiency.
  3. Adjust your thermostat to reflect the time and weather changes
  4. Replace disposable filters on your air conditioner or heat pump, or hose down permanent filters every month or two, as the manufacturer recommends.
  5. Remove built up lint and dust from the clothes dryer exhaust duct, the outside dryer exhaust terminal, the back of the dryer itself and behind the lint screen.
  6. Clean the lint screen every time you use your dryer.
  7. Spray a light detergent and water solution (check manufacturer guidelines) on the outside condenser coils of your air conditioner or heat pump and rinse to clean.
  8. Remove furniture, weeds, and debris that block air conditioning vents and equipment.
  9. Flush out built up sediment from the tank of your water heater. This both increases the storage capacity of the tank and lengthens it’s usable life.

Reduce energy costs on a budget:

  1. Cut your AC costs by having a professional conduct an annual check up and filter cleaning for your central air conditioner. Doing so typically reduces AC costs by up to $120 per month during the hottest months of the year.
  2. Weatherstripping and caulking around drafty windows and doors can save up to 5% on heating and cooling costs.
  3. Change out those inefficient incandescent light bulbs. A typical home with 45 standard light bulbs will save up to $500 per year by changing to energy efficient bulbs.
  4. Change out those big flood lights. One 150 watt floodlight can cost up to $125 per year to operate. Switching to a low voltage replacement will produce the same amount of light and save you up to $90 per year.
  5. Vampire energy (energy used by devices in standby mode) can cost you $80 or more per year. Using smart power strips can save you cash by eliminating vampire loads in your home.
  6. That old refrigerator in your garage could be costing you $20 per month if it’s over 10 years old. Check to see if your local utility has rebates available to upgrade to an energy star refrigerator.
  7. Replace that old single speed pool pump. An energy efficient, variable speed pump can save you more than $300 per year in pool filtering costs.
  8. Go solar. Once you’ve made your home as efficient as possible with these low cost techniques, eliminate the remainder of your electric bill with a solar system. Today solar financing is available to a wide spectrum of buyers and solar pays for itself in as little as five years.

To learn more about energy efficiency strategies, visit Energy Diet or HelioPower’s energy efficiency page.

Let HelioPower help you reduce energy costs!