With everyone sheltering in place at home, we are using more electricity, water and heat or air conditioning than usual. Soaring utility bills are bound to follow.
At the same time, many of us have to shrink spending because of — or in case of — a job loss. The need to save money is real.
The average American spends $2,000 on home energy each year, and $200 to $400 of it may be wasted just on drafts, air leaks and inefficient heating and cooling systems, Energy.gov estimates. That doesn’t count the money we waste with dirty furnace filters, energy-hog lightbulbs and out water heaters, furnaces and air conditioning cranked up too high.
The upside: This waste spells opportunity for saving money. There are lots of things we can do to conserve money and energy. Here’s how to get started.