3 Things Every Homeowner Should Know to Reduce their Electric Bill
Spend less time worry about your utility bills and more time with your loved ones with these three proactive remedies.
Check insulation in your attic & install more if needed
If you have an unfinished attic, poke your head up there and look around. You should see insulation up there between the open beams, and there should be at least six inches of it all around (more for us who live in the northern part of the United States).
If there is a lack of insulation or it appears to be damaged, install new insulation. Many states, including Massachusetts, offer financial incentives. Massachusetts has a 75% rebate on insulation up to $2,000 towards the installation of insulation to encourage homeowners like you to better insulate your home. We use blown-in cellulose insulation which is resistant to fire, corrosion, humidity, insects, and vermin, keeping your family safe from the cold and other hazards.
You can either DIY or have us do it after we give you an energy analysis where you get other great energy efficient products like LED’s, programmable thermostats and energy-saivng power strips (if you qualify, which you can find out by contacting us about your specific situation).
Install a programmable thermostat & learn how to use it
Speaking of programmable thermostats, available for free through an energy audit, it allows you to schedule your home’s temperature to automatically turn up and down, saving money on cooling in the summer and heating in the winter.
They are easy to install and use, especially if you keep a routine schedule. Just program the thermostat to drop a few degrees during the day while you’re at work and/or at night while you’re sleeping, and set it to return to your preferred temperature just before you return home from work or wake up. You won’t notice the difference, that is, until you see your lower utility bill.
Take advantage of tax benefits & other incentives while they last
You own your home, so why not own your electricity? Solar is the only investment that has the potential to earn you more than you originally purchase it for – and the purchase price can be cut dramatically thanks to governmental incentives.
A whopping 30% federal tax credit toward the cost of solar electric systems is in effect through 2019. Your state or town may offer even more benefits, from no-interest loans to rebates, and with some research to improve the energy efficiency of your home you may save even more money than you imagined (and we can help).
When you go solar, your home works for you. It works at providing electricity that can either offset or completely eliminate your electric bill, and with a 25 year warranty you can rest easy. You can either buy or lease solar panels. and there are pros and cons to both.
Congratulations, you are on your way to saving money put towards your home in ways that may seem small now but add up exponentially over time. Once you insulate your home, install a thermostat that can automate heating and cooling, and look into being independent of utility companies through solar
Taking the time to reduce your electric bill will also reduce your stress as a homeowner. Whenever you are ready, we’ll be here ready to lend a helping hand.