Habitat Homer’s Home Tips: Energy Efficiency in the Home

January 13, 2022

Habitat Homer’s Home Tips: Energy Efficiency in the Home

Bexar County, along with a few adjacent counties (Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe Atascosa, Medina, Wilson and Kendall) all face an impending utility rate increase, approved by the CPS Energy board, that was passed by the San Antonio City Council on an 8-3 decision on Thursday, January 13. The rate increase agreed upon was by 3.85%, boosting customers’ monthly bills by an average of $5 starting in March.

If you are looking to reduce energy consumption in your home, below are a few tips to do just that!

  • Use LED light bulbs throughout your home – These light bulbs use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • You can get detailed data on your home’s energy use by installing a whole-house energy monitoring system – In addition to providing information regarding energy consumption, they also help you understand where and when you use the most energy, helping you develop your own strategies to reduce energy and costs
  • Purchase energy-efficient electric space heaters and coolers, water pumps, and appliances that are Energy Star efficient (be sure to check the label on these items)
  • Reduce the number of appliances that are ‘always-on’ – unplug any appliances and electronics not in use if possible
  • Use advanced power strips to plug in your appliances and electronics to reduce the amount of electricity wasted while not in use
  • Install/use a programmable thermostat – Turning back the thermostat overnight or when nobody is home can save around 10% or more a year on heating and cooling costs
  • Check home for air leaks – make sure to seal and insulate the foundation walls of any unventilated crawl spaces and check for moisture and deterioration problems (don’t forget to check the attic is properly insulated!)
  • Visit gov to calculate your annual electricity consumption and costs with their Appliance Energy Calculator
  • When making any home improvements be sure to check with your local energy company for rebates on upgrades

For more information on ways to reduce your energy costs, visit Energy.gov/energysaver or contact your local utility company for more information.

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