If there’s anything we hear from our customers a lot – it’s them asking us how they can cut down on their monthly electrical bills. The truth is – there are a lot of ways in which that can be achieved – however, it requires a baseline understanding of what’s causing your bill to go up and why.
Today, we’re going to fill you in on who some of the biggest energy hogs in your home might be and how you can use them less to make sure you keep that utility bill at a more manageable level. Let’s jump right in!
Heating and air conditioning
In the winter, electrical heating can eat a serious hole in your wallet. In the summer, it’s the air conditioner. So whether it’s warm or cold out – you’re paying – and paying a lot just to stay comfortable!
The best thing you can do to keep your expenses down is to make sure your HVAC system is regularly maintained and cleaned. When you don’t, these appliances will begin to overwork or overcompensate. When the system overworks and overcompensates, you’re using more energy. And when you’re using more energy – you’re paying!
Also invest in a digital thermostat. You’ll save a significant amounts of money just making sure that your desired temperature is maintained. In addition, you’ll also be able to schedule heat and cool air for the times when your home so your HVAC system isn’t working continuously all day.
Refrigerators run around the clock, so naturally they tend to use up a ton of energy. The best way to minimize your consumption is to upgrade to a more energy efficient model, but if don’t have a few thousand dollars just kicking around the house, then you can optimize the one you have already!
We recommend keeping your fridge right around 32 degrees and your freezer at 0. That’ll be more than enough to keep your food cold and frozen. Also, be aware of how much time you spend in your refrigerator door as every time you do, you’re letting out cold air and the fridge will have to work hard to make up for that lost once the door is closed again. Additionally, give the coils and vents on the bottom and back of the unit a solid cleaning every now and then.
If you still have old school incandescent bulbs kicking around, then just get rid of them and buy some LED ones. Prices on LED’s have decreased a ton in recent years and they last up to 20 times longer than traditional bulbs do. They also use 80% less electricity. The sooner you upgrade to LED bulbs, the sooner you will start to save money.
Bills don’t come cheap these days, so hopefully these tips will help you save a little coin! If you need advice from us on how else you can become more energy efficient, just give us a call and we’ll be sure to give you a free consultation. Good luck!