Do you feel like you are throwing money away every time your utility bill comes in? Do you struggle to find ways to save energy within your home?

If this sounds like you then you have come to the right place.

There are many methods for saving energy that are effective, easy and cheap.

Continue reading to get the best out of our guide on how to save on home energy costs.

Use Different Light Bulbs

Traditional incandescent bulbs are huge energy wasters, and they do not last long. By replacing one incandescent light bulb with a LED light bulb or other energy efficient bulb, you could save up to 4 dollars annually. Imagine how much you’d save by replacing all the bulbs in your home with LED bulbs.

Consider Solar Energy

Solar energy is expected to dominate the market within the next five years and for good reason. This type of energy could save you a lot of money. There are many companies who can install solar panels on your home. These panels won’t control all the energy in your home, but they will run many key electronics and appliances. This form of energy has become so popular that hardware stores such as Lowes and Menards now sell “do it yourself” kits that you can purchase and install on your own. Though these panels have sizable upfront cost, they will save you money in the long run as they are generally good for up to 30 years.

Change Utility Providers

With deregulation becoming more popular, consumers get a say in who supplies their energy. Because of this, many areas have multiple electric and gas companies to choose from. As a result, the competition often offers lower prices. Companies offer different discounts and programs that could save you even more money. However, it is important that you do some research and compare prices before you switch your energy.

Adjust your Thermostat

Did you know that lowering your thermostat just a few degrees could save you hundreds of dollars annually? This is especially true for cold winter months. You should also consider turning the thermostat down when you are not home and keeping the temperature down in rooms you are not using.

Consider purchasing warm wool sheets to keep you warm as you sleep instead of cranking the dial up. It will be worth the money you save.

Unplug Appliances

Phantom energy is the energy used by appliances that are turned off but are still plugged in. his is a huge waste of energy and money. Make sure you unplug any appliances you are not using or consider purchasing a smart power strip. These efficient-energy saving power strips block unused appliances from wasting energy by using a timer that you can program to switch on the energy blocker during off hours.

Water Usage

Water heating and usage takes is a large part of your regular utility bill. Up to 12% of it, actually.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do to save energy with your water usage.

Use less water. Whether it be in the shower, turning off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth or repairing leaky faucets, using less water could save you a lot of energy. It is always nice to save water and help out the environment too.

Lower the temperature of your water heater. Every ten-degree decrease could save you up to 5% on water heating costs.

Finally, consider purchasing and installing low flow fixtures to save up to 60% on your water related costs.