Home EfficiencyWhile it can be hard to determine exactly what you spend on energy, the Energy Information Administration (ESA) reported in 2014 that the average household electrical bill was $114. The Department of Energy, meanwhile, finds the average person in the U.S. spends $3,052 on energy every year. Your utilities likely represent one of your greatest monthly expenses — but there are several things you can do to save money.

Reduce Vampire Energy Costs

TVs and other electronics continue to waste electricity even when they aren’t in use just by being plugged in. Even phone chargers continue to draw power when they’re plugged in, even if there is no device connected. This vampire energy is estimated to waste $10 billion in energy every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, but combating vampire energy can save you about 10% on your electrical bills. If you don’t want to unplug devices every night, consider a smart power strip that may cost around $40 but save $100 per year.

Make Your HVAC System More Efficient

Aside from completely replacing your HVAC system, there are a few things you can do to make your system run more efficiently and lower heating and cooling costs. Some companies, like Seliga Heating and Cooling, know that changing your air filter regularly and having your ducts inspected and sealed can boost efficiency by up to 20%. It’s also important to have your HVAC system tuned up by a professional every year to get ahead of repairs and spot issues like clogs that can put a strain on the system.

Get a New Shower Head

Clean water is a valuable resource that is all too often wasted. Simply leaving your shower running while you wait for the water to get hot can waste about 2.5 gallons of water per minute, or 7,800 gallons of water every year in a household of three. Every year, the U.S. wastes 1.2 trillion gallons of water, or enough to supply New York and New Jersey with their water needs. You can reduce the amount of water and energy you waste by installing a smart shower head like the Ladybug shower head adapter, which reduces the flow to a trickle until water heats up. The device costs just $30 and you can recoup the money in a few months.

Improving your home’s efficiency and reducing utility costs doesn’t require a major overhaul of your home or even a lot of money. These simple steps can help you dramatically lower your utility costs and even help you avoid higher

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While it can be hard to determine exactly what you spend on energy, the Energy Information Administration (ESA) reported in 2014 that the average household electrical bill was $114. The Department of Energy, meanwhile, finds the average person in the U.S. spends $3,052 on energy every year. Your utilities...