If you’re a homeowner looking to save money, start by taking a look at your energy consumption. Sure, shaving a few dollars off your monthly energy bills may not seem like a lot, but it pays off in the long run. Here are five easy ways to bring down your monthly energy bill.

Utilize solar energy

Solar panels which can be mounted on the roof or the ground cut down on your house’s reliance on grid energy. The panels utilize photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight to energy. This energy is then stored in energy banks via solar fuses. Though you’ll need to invest in installation, you’ll make up what you spend in significantly smaller energy bills. Get a consultation to ensure that a solar panel is a right fit for the size of your house.

Get a programmable thermostat

Do you find yourself leaving a room without turning the heat off? This results in more waste than you’d imagine. However, a programmable thermostat allows you to pre-set when your heating and cooling should turn on and off. Some programmable thermostats can connect to the wifi, making it easy to operate from your smartphone.

Replace your air filter frequently

Air filters work alongside your thermostat by trapping debris like pollen and dust and making sure your heating/cooling system fills your home with clean air. Over time, a dirty or clogged air filter brings down the efficiency of your entire HVAC system, leading to sky-high energy bills. Replace them as often as recommended by the manufacturer.

use energy-efficient bulbs

If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, make the switch to the energy-efficient CFL or the LED. These lights are brighter and last longer. While an incandescent bulb uses 60W and lasts for 1,200 hours, an LED bulb uses 7W and lasts 25,000 hours.

Use cold water in your washing machine

When you run a load of laundry through your washing machine, consider using cold water which doesn’t use electricity. Then if you can, dry your clothes on a line or a clothes rack.