What keeps you up at night? A survey by Northwestern Mutual found that nearly half - 44 percent of us say money is our dominant source of stress.
Running a household can be expensive. There are things you have some control over - how much you spend each month on rent or a mortgage - and matters beyond your control - that emergency repair bill for a burst water heater.
Then there are things like utility bills. Do they seem to go up no matter what you do? Are you afraid to open up the bill each month, worrying how much it’s increased? It’s something beyond your control …
Or is it?
There are lots of ways to increase the efficiency within your home. Upgrading your furnace and air conditioner to high efficiency equipment is a good start. But you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make a difference from month to month. Start with these items.
Turn off the lights as you leave each room. Better yet, ensure every light is converted to LED to ensure it’s as efficient as possible.
Raise or lower your thermostat a couple of degrees, depending on the season. If you’re used to 72 in the winter, for example, lowering it to 70 can add to your savings. Want to save even more? Upgrade your thermostat to a smart device, and take even more control over how well your home operates. Use the reports to keep your home perfectly conditioned while saving money everywhere you can.
Change out your furnace filter. It’s one of the most inexpensive ways to make your HVAC system more efficient.
Open up those vents and registers you may have closed throughout the year. They aren’t saving you money, in fact, they may be costing you. Your ventilation system is designed perfectly for air to flow through it. When you cut off a portion, the pressure can build in other parts of the system, causing inefficiencies, possibly even destruction of materials and the system as a whole.
Putting higher efficiency equipment on your long range goals is a good idea. But to get ready for this winter and do everything you can to reduce the amount of money you spend on your utility bills, the above tasks will do their part in keeping them as low as they can be.