As the price of energy goes up so do your bills. Trying to save money on your power bill can take a bit more of your time and sometimes a small amount of start up funds, but it will save you more money in the end. In addition to saving you money, reducing the amount of energy that you use reduces your carbon footprint and allows you to participate in the green movement. These ten summer tips: about electrical usage reduction will reduce the amount of energy you use every month.
1. Hit the switch
You will be surprised how much extra energy is wasted when you leave stuff running when you are sleeping or in a different room. It takes just a few minutes to stop, turn off all the lights, switch off the fan, turn off the TV and make sure your computers are shut down.
2. Replace old appliances with energy star appliances
If you have appliances in your home that are more than five years old, they probably absorb more energy to run than new energy star appliances. The new appliances are made to run with a minimum amount of electric and are usually programmable to save even more money. If you need to replace any of your old appliances, buy an energy star appliance and you may even qualify for a tax incentive.
3. Insulate your water pipes
Insulating your water pipes allows your water to stay hotter longer, saving energy by conserving the time your water heater spends heating you water.
4. Reduce your hot water temperature
Reducing the temperature of your hot water tank down to 120 will not only save you money, it is also safer because the lower temperature helps prevent dangerous accidental burns.
5. Vacuum the fridge coils
Taking five minutes, every other month to vacuum the dust off the back of your fridge coils will reduce the amount of energy your fridge uses by 25 percent.
6. Clean out your dryer ducts
Making sure your dryer vent and ducts are clear of lint allows your dryer to work less and dry your clothes faster. Either you can clean your ducts yourself with a long vacuum attachment or you can hire someone to come clean out the duct for you.
7. CFL light bulbs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs have up to a 75 percent reduction in energy than conventional incandescent light bulbs saving energy and money to produce the same amount of light.
8. Weather stripping
Weather stripping around your door, windows, outlets and light switches can be sources of air leaks allowing cool air to leak out of your house during the summer and warm air out during the winter. You can find insulation made specifically for outlets and switches at any hardware store.
9. Programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat can reduce your energy bill by 10 percent or more. Setting the programmable thermostat to lower the temperature you are used to keeping during the winter at night and when you are gone will save on the energy you do use.
10. Plant trees
Trees are a lovely addition to the outside of your home that blocks wind and shade your house from the sun reducing your cooling bill in the summer.
Contact us with any questions or for more information about hiring a quality electrical employee to help update your homes wiring and reduce your energy usage.