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How to Reduce the Cost of Energy in the Senior Years

For seniors who live on fixed incomes, high energy bills can be difficult to manage. These expenses can be especially devastating during the warmest and coldest months of the year when the HVAC system is constantly running. Here are a few simple tips seniors and caregivers can use to keep their energy consumption to an absolute minimum without sacrificing their comfort. 

Install a Smart Thermostat

The Department of Energy claims wireless thermostats save most homeowners around $400 a year. With a smartphone or tablet, you can turn the HVAC system on just before you get home instead of leaving it running all day. Some of these thermostats can also be programmed to give you reminders when it is time to schedule a service call or change the air filters. 

Some seniors may find it difficult to pay their bills and plan their finances while managing daily activities. Aging adults who require assistance with the tasks of daily living can benefit from reliable elderly care. Columbus, Ohio, families trust in Home Care Assistance to provide the high-quality care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. Our caregivers are trained to help seniors prevent and manage serious illnesses and encourage them to make healthier decisions as they age.

Unplug Unused Electronics

Some electronic devices continue to draw power even when they are not being used, which can cost homeowners hundreds of dollars a year depending on how many devices they leave plugged in. An easy way to put an end to these loads is to go through all the empty rooms in the home and unplug devices that aren’t being used, such as alarm clocks, computers, radios, and televisions. Phone, laptop, and tablet chargers also need to be unplugged whenever they are not being used.

Take Advantage of the Windows and Ceiling Fans

Pulling back curtains and opening windows at various points throughout the day can change the internal temperature of a home by quite a few degrees. During the coldest months of the year, all the windows should be covered with thick curtains whenever the sun isn’t shining directly on them. You will also need to make sure all ceiling fans are spinning clockwise during the summer and counterclockwise during the winter. 

Seal Leaks

Most seniors need help with this project, but spending a few hours sealing leaks can cut back on energy consumption by an incredible amount. Even newer homes often have dozens of leaks around doors, windows, pipes, vents, and outlets. These openings can typically be filled in with nothing more than a caulking gun and a few tubes of all-purpose caulking. 

Seniors often need help sealing leaks and managing an array of daily tasks. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Columbus respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Maintain a Healthy Body Temperature

Eating plenty of lean protein, fresh produce, and complex carbohydrates can help older adults regulate their internal temperature naturally. Different deficiencies and diet-related health conditions can impact some of the natural bodily functions that keep seniors at a comfortable temperature. Seniors also need to stay properly hydrated so their skin can produce enough perspiration to keep them cool when it is warm outside. If your loved one wants to save money on energy, encourage him or her to maintain a consistent core temperature. Just lowering the heater by a few degrees or turning up the air conditioner can bring in big savings for electricity and gas bills.

You may feel relieved knowing your loved one has his or her utility bill under control, but he or she may also need assistance with other tasks around the house. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Columbus Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To help your loved one enjoy a high quality of life, call us at (614) 481-8888 today.