High Energy Bills? 5 Ways to Cut Costs

Have you noticed an increase in your home energy bills lately? If so, you’re not alone. It happens to all homeowners. While the reasons for the increase can vary, here are the four common culprits to look out for.  

Increased Usage

There are numerous reasons for a higher energy bill, and the most obvious one is that you are using more energy than usual. During summer, we experience high temperatures and often rely on our air conditioning units full-time, leading to increased energy usage. In the winter, heating your home can be even more expensive than cooling it. People spend more time at home in the colder months, watching TV, using computers, and running appliances, which also leads to higher energy consumption.

Faulty or Old Appliances

Appliances past their prime may not work as efficiently as they should, using more energy than necessary. They may also contribute to higher greenhouse gas emissions, which have a negative impact on the environment.

Not Enough Insulation

One often overlooked reason for high energy bills is underperforming insulation. Nine out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated. If your home is more than 10 years old, chances are it was built to outdated energy codes, which means it likely needs insulation and air-sealing upgrades.

Your System Needs Maintenance

Maintenance of appliances and HVAC units is an important part of owning a home, but if your unit appears to be working just fine, this vital step may fall by the wayside. Just like you need to see the doctor regularly even if you don’t feel sick, your HVAC and plumbing systems need routine maintenance. This is important because there may be hidden problems that need repair. An air conditioner that is not functioning properly simply will not work as efficiently as possible. Even those problems that may seem “minor”—like worn belts or loose fittings—can reduce overall energy efficiency. 

Luckily, there are many things you can do to lower your rising energy bill. Here are five simple steps that you can follow to ensure that your home consumes less energy.

1. Change Your Filters Regularly

Air filters are crucial in keeping your HVAC system running optimally. Dirty filters make it difficult for your HVAC system to circulate air, leading to increased energy consumption. To avoid this, replace your air filters regularly, at least every 60-90 days (about 3 months), or more often if you have pets or allergies.

2. Tune-Up Your HVAC System

Professional maintenance of your HVAC system can go a long way toward improving its efficiency. During this service, a certified HVAC technician will inspect and clean your system, check for leaks, and make necessary repairs. At Goettl we offer our Rejuuuvenation® service, a thorough service performed by our expert technicians, with six critical checks of your unit and other maintenance checks.

3. Better Insulate Your Home

Poor insulation can make it difficult to regulate your home’s temperature, increasing your energy bills. Check the insulation in your attic, basement, crawlspaces, and walls. If they are not up to par, consult a professional to replace or add insulation.

4. Check Your Appliances

Your appliances consume the most energy in your home, so it’s wise to check them regularly for any defects or inefficiencies. Replace any old or outdated appliances with energy-efficient models that have an Energy Star rating. The ratings help you find efficient options that consume less energy while keeping the same set of features.

5. Turn It Off

Make sure everyone in the family contributes to the effort by turning off lighting, game consoles, and TVs when not in use. Upgrading your lighting fixtures to energy-efficient options can also translate to substantial savings over time. For example, LED bulbs use much less energy than traditional bulbs, and they last longer too.

There are several reasons why your home energy bills may be higher than usual, but by being aware of these factors and taking steps to reduce energy consumption, you can significantly reduce your energy costs and enjoy a comfortable lifestyle with more money in your pocket. 

is your home overdue for professional maintenance?

Trust the experts at Goettl to help keep your home in top-notch condition. We’ll ensure that your home operates efficiently, saving you money on energy bills, and providing you with peace of mind. Let Goettl be your trusted partner in home maintenance.

Testimonials

What Our Customers Say About Us

Stephanie VegaStephanie Vega
17:23 15 Jun 24
Andrew was great and knowledgeable!!
Ferlyn MallariFerlyn Mallari
17:19 15 Jun 24
The company was very quick to respond. They came in the same day and got our AC fixed within an hour! Our tech Matthew Lopez was great at walking us through the whole process. Also had great customer service! Definitely would recommend!!
George RuizGeorge Ruiz
17:14 15 Jun 24
Frank Soto was on time and very professional. I was given a couple of options on how to correct the plumbing issue and the leak was fixed within a couple of hours. Very happy
Kirk MattiodaKirk Mattioda
13:58 15 Jun 24
Nacho, our Tech performed a check on our newly installed HVAC sys. He was courteous, knowledgeable, and approachable. He answered all questions my wife and I had and provided some good tips for system longevity. Good on the Goettl company for hiring Superstars like Nacho!
Monica FernandezMonica Fernandez
17:03 07 Jun 24
Daniel Castillo explained everything throughly and the process of what I needed. He was able to explain in detail why I had been having constant issues and how to best resolve this. Really happy with his service, overall knowledge and ability to help us understand great rep, and customer support when I would call in.
Lee RiesLee Ries
13:05 07 Jun 24
JohnJohn
02:41 07 Jun 24
Technician was very good. Answered all my questions and was very patient.
ShelbyShelby
00:39 07 Jun 24
Matthew did an amazing job ! He was very fast and super helpful. I highly recommend getting services through Goettl !
Rebecca GarzaRebecca Garza
16:43 05 Jun 24
Matthew Lopez’s service was top notch!! Quick and very attentive. He was thorough and explained everything that was taking place. I will always refer to Goettle for my AC needs and ask for Matthew!
Enrique SaucedaEnrique Sauceda
16:39 05 Jun 24
Matthew Lopez was our tech and he had the absolute best manners and great work ethic. Clear as could be with issues and repairs, couldn’t ask for a better tech!!!
Melissa AhumadaMelissa Ahumada
01:12 05 Jun 24
Husan “Sam” was knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful when providing our AC maintenance care. He was very thorough in his inspection of our equipment and responded to my questions in a candid and professional manner.
Payton Bolden (Beau)Payton Bolden (Beau)
00:42 05 Jun 24
Goettl has been my choice of A/C and plumbing even before becoming Goettl. Have always gotten excellent service at reasonable prices. They will continue to be my “go to” guys.
Yvette DowdyYvette Dowdy
00:37 05 Jun 24
Very nice and prompt, found the problem.
greg turnergreg turner
17:44 28 May 24
Great service. Miguel B did a great job and took the time to discuss everything with me.
Jason JohnsonJason Johnson
15:56 28 May 24
Amy HallAmy Hall
15:46 28 May 24
Absolutely fantastic! Our AC unit went out unexpectedly. We called Goettl and they were here so quickly. The technician immediately knew what was wrong, didn’t try to upsell sell on anything and fixed the problem within a few minutes. Will absolutely call them again. I was super impressed by the responsiveness and professionalism of Josue.
William ColemanWilliam Coleman
15:29 28 May 24
Jehad was awesome! Fast and found the problem right awesome. I appreciate the service.
Tyler BoydTyler Boyd
15:19 28 May 24
Came home from work to an 85 degree house and a broken AC. Called at 0800 and they sent Matt Lopez out by 0915. He quickly diagnosed the issue and gave me the news that no one wants to hear, it needed replaced. He was extremely professional and kind with this news and assured me that we could figure this out. He called Tony Vizzone who helped get together estimates and drop the price to something that I was able to afford. Matt and Tony made this awful experience bearable and I can’t thank them enough for all that they have done for myself and the community. I’m a customer for life now!
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17:15 26 May 24
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