Energy Bills Come Haunting
It’s that time of year when ghouls and goblins come out to play. And you might be eager to dive in to your favorite scary movies. But if you’re not careful, high energy bills will ruin your fun. So let’s find out how to scare off energy vampires so you can treat yourself to cheap electricity this Energyween.
Cut Your Spending on MD Energy
According to the 2020 average monthly bill report, MD uses 957 kilowatts-per-hour (kWh) of energy each month. Because of this usage, Pepco customers pay about $73.88 just in supply charges per month (7.72 cents per kWH). But you might be spending more this month on Halloween decorations and lighting. For that reason, you should consider these energy saving measures.
Save Energy by Sealing Air Leaks
Sealing your windows and doors before you turn on your heat this year. Because air leaks can waste valuable heat and let chilly spirits creep into your home. In fact, Energy Star estimate savings at over 15% on heating and cooling alone with proper air sealing. You could hire a professional to air seal your home and bust chilly ghosts.Or you could use this handy guide to do it yourself.
Why Seal Drafty Ducts
Homes with forced air heating and cooling systems use ducts to move the air and heat where you want it. But these ducts leave these homes susceptible to greedy “Air Duct Witches” that steal 30 to 40% of air in most homes. Leaks, holes, and poor duct connections lead to larger bills and uncomfortable rooms.
You’ll know if your home has poor ducts if you experience:
- Frequently high summer cooling and winter heating bills
- Rooms that are never as warm or cool as you like
Sealed ducts means less energy used for heating and cooling and provide more consistent comfort throughout your home.
It came from Attic Sealing
A poorly sealed attic is the favorite haunt of ghosts for a reason. The attic is one of the hottest places in your home during the summer and the coldest in the winter. And that cold and heat will seep into the rest of the home.
But since it’s such a big project, it can also be one of the most expensive. The average cost of attic sealing is in the $1500 – $2500 range.
But if you prefer DIY projects like Dr. Frankenstein, check out these valuable Attic Sealing Project tips.
Save Electricity and Money this EnergyWeen
As we get closer to the cold winter months, don’t forget about saving energy. Because the more weatherproof your home is, the less energy you’ll waste and the lower your monthly energy bills. And it’s easy to do, especially if you start by sealing your doors, windows, ducts, and attic. Cut your home’s electricity bills this Energyween!
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