Lowering Your Electric Bill
With tax season in full swing and April 15 coming up fast, chances are you have budgeting on the brain. If you are looking for ways to save a little extra money this month and for the rest of your year, lowering your electric bill can be one of the easiest ways to do so.
At 24/7 Electric, we are happy to offer our customers strategies to help them save energy and lower their monthly bills. Here are a few suggestions.
Install Dimmer Switches
Use just the right amount of light for every activity and occasion, and you will save energy in the long run. Dimmers allow you to control the ambience in a room and conserve energy all at the same time.
Stock the Fridge
Having lots of food in your freezer and fridge insulates the cold air so that your refrigeration requires less power to function. You’ll have plenty of snack materials and a lower utility bill: win-win!
Use Your Ceiling Fan
If you keep the air in your house flowing with a ceiling fan, your AC won’t have to work as hard to cool you down.
Turn Things Off
Leaving unused electronic devices plugged in throughout the day drains electricity for no reason. Make sure lights are turned off and computers, phones, and gaming systems are unplugged when you leave the house. To help you easily remember to turn off all your devices at once, try plugging several electronics into one power strip and simply switching that off when you are not using them.
Maintain Your HVAC
One of the biggest sources drawing electrical power in your home is your HVAC unit. Have a technician check it over regularly to make sure it is operating efficiently and cost effectively. Change your filter at least once every three months.
LED lighting uses drastically less energy than incandescent lighting. Consider installing permanent LED recessed lighting, or switching to LED bulbs.
Get Energy Star Appliances
Appliances with the official Energy Star stamp of approval from the U.S. Government are proven to consume less energy, and therefor save you money over time. You can also receive tax credits for upgrading to these eco-friendly appliances.
Adjust Your Temps
Make sure your HVAC unit is not heating or cooling your home while no one is there to enjoy that perfect temperature sweet spot. Turn the thermostat up or down a few degrees before you leave the house, and save yourself some money on your electric bill. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat that will adjust your temperature for you every day - automatically and on a schedule.
We hope these tips and tricks will help you with lowering your electric bill so you can use that extra cash for something really special.