How to Save $250+ On Your Monthly Expenses
Let’s start with a rhetorical question about monthly expenses for all the homeowners out there. Do you enjoy paying your hydro bill every month?
Didn’t think so.
Regardless if it’s your first home or you’re looking to update your current home, saving money is a top priority. It’s some of the most simplistic updates that can save you on your monthly expenses.
So, let’s get started with a pretty easy one, let’s go through some easy steps to help you keep a predictable and under-budget hydro bill.
3 Easy Steps To Save On Your Hydro Bill
When it comes to Western Civilization, we can comfortably say that most homeowners pay a hydro bill.
Sometimes it can be the most unpredictable bill, with central air, heat, amoung other things. So start making it just a little bit more predictable.
1. Replace The Light Bulbs
Replace your old incandescent lamps with high-efficiency LED bulbs.
Sure, your regular bulbs are cheaper, but, the LEDs pay for themselves. They take a quarter of the power and have a much longer lifespan.
They generate much less heat which is a big bonus during Canadian summers; that will cool down your hydro bill, too.
Easy Math For Home Expenses:
A standard 60 watts incandescent light bulb costs a homeowner $8.75 per year, according to The Eco Guide.
These bulbs are short-lived, resulting in a need to be replaced every year.
On the other hand, LEDs live more than seven years and use a fraction of the energy.
You will save over $50 per light bulb replaced!
An average home in Ontario requires has around 30 light fixtures in their home. If your light fixtures are only 1 bulb per fixture, you’re still looking at $1,500 in savings!
This switch will also boost your home atmosphere immediately. Energy-efficient LEDs have actually been shown to enhance alertness.
2. Smart Thermostats
Have you heard of Mysa Smart Thermostat? Google Nest Smart Home?
What about the Ecobee4?
These devices are a few of the top-rated built-in thermostat upgrades for your home. With a smart thermostat, you will significantly improve your home’s efficiency compared to the outdated manual thermostat control you have to check every few hours.
A Smart Home thermostat uses sensors from various locations throughout your home. It automatically regulates the temperature to your predetermined settings.
Many Smart Home thermostats offer voice control as well as additional control capabilities over your homes humidity, dual fuel, forced air, and even geothermal.
The installation of such an advanced, automated home system will save you time, worry, money, and most of all- applies to any potential buyer.
This upgrade does wonders for your home investment with little to no maintenance on your part! Consider updating your home’s technology, especially when you benefit from the change immediately.
3. Be Energy Smart
With all the available options out there, there are a number of small things you can do to cut down your hydro expenses. Pay close attention to your habits and your light fixtures.
The small things add up, and you’ll soon notice a reduction on that monthly bill. Here are some good habits you can work on developing over time:
1. Task Lighting
Turn off the room-wide lights when you’re only using a small section of space for a dedicated task, such as typing, reading, or watching a movie.
Using “task lighting” rather than lighting the whole room unnecessarily will reduce the power you use over time.
2. Use the Dimmer Switches
With all of these quick and easy strategies to reduce that troublesome hydro bill, you’ll be sure to enjoy your home much more and any potential homebuyers will thank you, too.
With simply swapping bulbs, treating your home and yourself to a smart thermostat upgrade, and cleaning up fixtures and furnishings, you’ll see more of your own money.
For more expert advice on home maintenance and reducing monthly expenses, contact easy Home Realty. We will help you get the most out of your home.