Top Tips From an Electrician on How to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill
Have you ever glared at your electric bill and wondered how it gets so out of control every month? It’s a frustrating mystery that arrives in your mailbox every 30 days or so, but it doesn’t need to ruin your finances.
The best way to bring your electricity woes out of the shadows is to shed some light on them, and who better to explain the phenomenon of energy bills than a skilled electrician?
The following hints and guidelines should help you master your power flow and bring those electricity costs under control in no time...
GO GREEN BY THROWING SHADE AT YOUR A/C
Air conditioners that sit in the sun cost an average of 10 percent more to operate than shaded A/C units. Before you get all heated, cool it and listen to this handy tip: you can plant shrubs around your air conditioner to block the heat and lower your bills. Or better yet...
BE YOUR OWN BIGGEST FAN
...You could ditch your A/C all together and use fans instead. They are far more cost effective, which really adds up in the long run. About half of our electricity bills are spent trying to chill us out or warm us up, so slashing prices with the help of a few fans is a cool idea indeed!
HERE’S A HINT: THROW AWAY THAT LINT
Clothes dryers use massive amounts of energy, even when they are operating at peak efficiency. The story gets increasingly bleak, however, if they chug along due to misuse or neglect. One quick way to help your dryer run smoothly is to clean out the lint trap after every load of laundry. Estimates indicate that you can slash your annual laundering bills by up to 30 percent, which means your pockets will be filled with less lint and more cash!
FILTER OUT THE WASTE, FURNACE STYLE
Similarly, by keeping your furnace filter free and clear, you could burn about $60 from your annual electricity costs. Also, a clean furnace is a safe furnace. By keeping it clog-free, you will maintain a more beneficial heating system along with every factor: costliness, safety, and overall efficiency.
COMPACT BULBS = BIG SAVINGS
When you’re looking to make a huge dent in your energy costs, think small, as in Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (or CFLs). They require approximately 70 to 90 percent less energy than regular incandescent light bulbs. Pause for applause! But it gets better: you won’t just save money on your monthly bill; you’ll also save on supplies. These bulbs have a lifespan that is 15 times longer than traditional bulbs. And the savings just keep on rolling in! CFLs produce a lot less heat than old school light bulbs, so you’ll also cut costs when it comes to cooling your home. That’s a win, win, win right there; what a bright idea!
PULL A POWER TRIP - TURN OFF YOUR POWER STRIP
As we accumulate more and more gadgets, we also need more and more outlets in which to plug our new toys and trinkets. Enter the power strip, a miracle of multiplication. You can plug five or more electronics into one strip, which is way convenient, but it could also save you money with the flick of one switch.
Many of our devices stay powered up in standby mode. That means that they leach energy even when you don’t use them for months (I’m looking at you, DVD player). However, when your lesser used gadgets are plugged into a power strip, you can turn them all off easily and end their useless drain on your resources (and your bank account). Experts estimate that standby power accounts for between five and ten percent of your monthly usage, so power strips can reduce your bill in a major way - hooray!
COOL IT WITH THE REFRIGERATOR EXPENSES
There are several ways to make sure your fridge feeds your family instead of eating up your energy costs.
Set the temperature to a range of between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep it well stocked (it’s easier to keep a full fridge frosty).
Check the seal along the edge of the door by placing a dollar bill in it and then closing the fridge. If it pulls out too easily, then you’re bleeding energy and you need to replace the seal. Also: don’t forget to put that dollar bill back in your wallet!
Keep the coils clean by checking them twice a year, which could chill your refrigerator expenses by 30 to 50 percent on average!
YOUR NEXT SMART MOVE: INSTALL MOTION SENSORS
Remember when you were a kid and you accidentally left the lights on? What did your parents always say? “Alow-costighting the whole neighborhood?!?” Well, switches are all grown up and they can now anticipate these problems before they result in family bickering and soaring energy costs. By installing a motion sensor device, you’ll only light the rooms where people (or pets) are actually moving about.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…
Hire the right electrician! A skilled team will be able to assess your home energy needs before they run up your monthly bills. Ask us questions, tell us your needs, and give us a chance to brainstorm the best ways to hook you up with a high-energy lifestyle in a low cost style. We can give you an estimate before we do any work because we know you’re all about saving those dollar bills.
Call us today and let’s start saving!