Despite the recent drop in oil prices, energy still isn’t cheap, especially at home. Electricity bills seem to get higher every month, despite the fact that your habits never change. What can you do to make a real and lasting difference to lower your energy bill and reduce your use? Well, regardless of season, there are three tips that can make a major difference in your monthly bill. Give them a try; you won’t be sorry.

  1. Make the switch to LED – Ok, so this tip doesn’t exactly save you money up-front. However, the savings that LED bulbs will provide in the long run far outweigh their initial cost. If you’ve got the extra capital, make the investment to switch your home’s incandescent bulbs with their LED counterparts.

  1. Ditch old appliances – The old saying don’t fix it if it isn’t broken is applicable to a lot of situations. Continuing to use a set of ancient appliances isn’t one of them. Outdated appliances, while seemingly thrifty due to their resilience through the ages, can actually cost you a great deal over the years. If you’re still using a refrigerator, washer/dryer, hot water heater, or even HVAC system that’s seen better days, it might be time to look into an upgrade.

  1. Spring for a thermostat upgrade – One of the most important parts of your home energy ecosystem is your thermostat. The thermostat tells your HVAC system when and how to run, and if it’s not tuned properly, it can cause serious inefficiencies. Installing a new, modern thermostat can save you scads of cash, and sometimes you can even do it yourself.

Are you eager to boost your energy savings even further? Check out the graphic below to save the planet as well as your wallet:

Stay Cool by Beating the Heat Graphic created by Tom’s Mechanical