Being a homeowner has many advantages. You have equity in a home, get tax breaks for it, and have many more benefits. However, it also comes with many expenses and challenges. Even after paying the mortgage each month, you have a great deal of expenses that you must pay including the heating and electric bill. If you are not careful, you can easily overpay on your utilities each month by simply trying to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. Here are some things that you can do to save money on excess electricity and gas use.
1. Insulate The House
One of the main reasons that your AC and heater are overworked is because the house is poorly insulated. Even though the air may be blowing hard to keep the house at the right temperature, the windows, doors, and walls are letting out all of the air that is in the house. For instance, if your windows are old and are no longer doing their job, they could be causing air to pass through. You may need to replace the weather stripping around the doors and entryways, and you might even consider having a professional construction crew come in and add extra insulation to your home. This will be a one-time expense that will save you money for years to come.
2. Understand The Role The Sunlight and Windows Have In Your House
Knowing when to open the drapes and close them will be very important in maintaining a comfortable temperature in your house. For example, the sunlight will heat up your house during the afternoon. Thus, in the winter when you are trying to keep the house warm, open up those drapes in the afternoon. In the summer when the house is prone to getting hot, keep the drapes closed during the hottest time.
Additionally, during the night when it gets cold outside, you can use this to your advantage in the summer. Pop open those windows and let the air pass through. But in the winter, leaving the drapes open will cause the house to get colder and your heater to have to work extra hard. As you can see, understanding how the windows play a role in your house will help you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your house.
By doing these things you can save money on your utility bills and still keep your house at a comfortable temperature.