Depending on what part of the country you live in, you could face some pretty high rates for utilities such as gas, electricity and water. To keep those rates as low as possible, you need to find ways to save energy. Here are five ways to save on your Dundalk utility bill.

Install CFLs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs can save you a ton of money on your Dundalk energy bills. Though they cost much more than regular light bulbs, CFLs are much more energy efficient, and they also last a lot longer. You will likely recoup the money you spend on CFLs within a year and then save money every year after that.

Get a Tune-Up for your HVAC System

Having your furnace and air conditioner serviced every year costs a little bit of money each time, but it also saves a lot over time. A service call for HVAC service usually costs $75-$100 in most places around the company but it can save you up to 10 percent annually on your heating and cooling bills.

Add Insulation

Most houses do not have adequate insulation, which means heating and cooling bills are higher than they need to be. Adding insulation to places that need it, such as your attic, can cost several hundred dollars, but it also will save you up to 30 percent on your utility bills. You should be able to recoup the money you spend within three to five years.

Get More Energy-Efficient Appliances

You don’t need to run out and spend thousands of dollars on new appliances, but you should shoot for better energy efficiency each time you do need to replace a appliance. You will spend a few dozen dollars more to get the most energy-efficient models, but you will easily save more than that on your utility costs over the life of the appliances.

Use a Power Strip

Appliances and electronics can use a lot of energy just by being plugged in, even if you aren’t using them. For example, just leaving your TV and cable box plugged in all the time, it can cost you an extra $15-$20 a year. The solution is to turn them off when not in use, and that is a lot easier to do when they are plugged into a power strip, because you can just flip a switch to shut off all the devices.

Try to save during this holidays season on your Dundalk, MD home utility bill. Call Reliability Home at (443) 399-8663 for any questions or further assistance.