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Four Things That May
Be Bringing Up Your Utility Bill

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Enhancing your home's energy efficiency is both an environmentally responsible measure as well as a means to reduce your monthly heating and cooling costs. Every bit of savings counts. There are four areas of your home that you may be able to improve, allowing you to save money on your energy bill.

Worn, Inefficient Roofing

Acoma Roofing, a company that specializes in roofing in Clearwater, FL recommends having reflective shingles installed in temperate environments like South and Central Florida. Reflective shingles, or cool roofing, can help you shave your significant portions of your energy bills for the better part of the year. The shingles minimize the amount of heat your home absorbs through its shingles and repel heat back into the atmosphere. According to the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, cool roofing can cut in half the heat your home absorbs through it roof, which delivers pronounced saving on your energy bill each month.

Failing Thermostat

If your home's temperature never feels quite right, there's a change your HVAC system's thermostat needs to be re-calibrated or replaced. The ability to exact temperatures with your thermostat helps you to avoid excessive heating and cooling. If you're using an analog thermostat control, upgrading to a digital unit will help you reach desirable temperatures with more precision.

Poor Insulation

Proper insulation helps your home hold desirable temperatures. If your home isn't sufficiently insulated, you could leak cold air in the warmer months and hot air in the colder months. Your home's heater and air conditioner have to work harder to maintain desirable temperatures when your home is improperly insulated, causing your heating and cooling prices to rise in turn.

Clogged Air Filters and Ducts

During the hottest and coldest months of the year, you should change our your HVAC system's air filter approximately once each month. And once every year or two, you should have your home's air duct system checked for buildups of dust. When your home's air filters and ducts are clogged, your HVAC system has to work hard to push desirable temperatures out into your living spaces. The harder your HVAC system works, the higher your energy bill will be each month.

Using Too Much Hot Water

In the home we use a lot of hot water from the dishwasher, to the laundry, to our showers/baths. Showers and laundry can easily make up 60-75% of watering heating costs. To lower this add a low flow shower head as this limits the amount of water coming out. Washing your dishes by hand can also help you save money on hot water and your electric bill.

Savannah Coulsen is a freelance  writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

Article Credit: An expert at Acoma Roofing, a family owned business that has been in the roofing business for 50 years says, “If you're budget conscious which we all are, use Acoma Roofing Inc. We'll provide a quality roof system at a very competitive price.”