As the seasons change, so do your bills. Creating a good savings foundation during the fall and winter, will help up you to start 2018 off in a healthy financial state. That’s why AbbyBank has compiled a list of tips and tricks to prepare your home for the seasons to come in order to save some cash!
Install energy-efficient windows
A low-emissivity glass also known as Low-E glass is used to help block the rays of the sun up to 90 percent. Energy Star estimates those who replace a single-pane window with an energy-efficient model will start seeing a difference right away.
Lower water heating temperature
If you lower your water heating temperature, you will save 4-22 percent annually on your bill. Instead of allowing the water to get scalding hot, set it to a warmer temp which will increase your savings every time you shower, wash your hands, or do dishes.
Adjust the temperature
Lower your thermostat by 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day and you could save up to 10 percent each year on your heating and cooling bill. Each time you raise your heating by one degree, your heating bill is raised by 3 percent, so it’s important to avoid if you can.
According to Energy Star, 30 to 40 percent of your heating costs are lost to air leaks, according to Energy Star. That’s why it’s important to find where drafts are coming from in order to cover the leaks with weather stripping materials.
Replace light fixtures
If you replace your home’s five most frequently-used light fixtures or bulbs with energy efficient ones, you could save $75 a year.
Fix leaking faucets
If you fix a leaky faucet, you could save $35 and 1,661 gallons of water if it drips one drip per second. Little things like a leaky faucet end up having a big impact on your bills over time.
We hope that these home tips will help you save this fall, winter, and hopefully the seasons to come! Contact AbbyBank if you have questions about what else you can do in order to grow your savings.