With the highs we saw this summer, many of you probably got sticker shock from your electric bill. Rates are going up, but when it’s hot, we want to stay cool! Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to try to keep your bills low! We’ll explain a few in this post.
Did you know that every outlet that has something plugged into it is drawing energy? Take your phone charger for example. If you leave it plugged in during the day (while your phone is unplugged) you’re wasting energy! The same is true for unused game consoles, cable boxes, DVRs, etc. There are lots of things you could unplug when they aren’t in use.
LIGHTS AND CEILING FANS
Didn’t your mother teach you to turn off the light when you left the room? The reason was to save money! If you only need to light a small area, consider using a lamp instead of overhead lighting. Speaking of overhead – turn off that fan in rooms that aren’t being used. Fans are great to save on your A/C bill, but they don’t do much good when they aren’t blowing directly on you.
LED LIGHT BULBS
They’ve been around for a while, and they do save you money. LED light bulbs cost a little more, but they use much less energy and last much longer than traditional bulbs.
The insulation in your attic keeps your home at the temperature you select, and helps to keep the elements out! The same goes for small spaces around windows and doors. Seal them up to stay comfortable and keep costs down.
ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES
Older appliances aren’t very efficient. When it’s time to upgrade, look for an Energy Star model. Imagine using less energy every time you run the dishwasher. That would save a lot of money over time. When you do run your appliances, make sure they’re full. That goes for dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, and anything else that requires power and/or other utilities.
It can be tricky this time of year but do your best to leave your thermostat at around the same temperature. Don’t turn it way up or way down in an effort to blast either warm or cold all at once. Ask us about new smart thermostats, which will help regulate the temperature and keep you comfortable.
WORTH THE CALL
As you can see, when it comes to reducing your electric bill, it’s all about efficiency! Let us help improve your home’s energy efficiency through a Fall Clean & Check! Our experts will give your HVAC unit a tune-up and let you know if there are any problems that need to be addressed. Make an appointment today by scheduling one online or by calling 432-570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.