Are your monthly electric bills soaring up every month? Then you should consider evaluating the device usage in your home. If you’re tired of watching your energy bills rise, there are a few changes you can make to lower it. Here are a few tips on how you can reduce your monthly energy bills significantly.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
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A programmable thermostat, unlike traditional thermostats, can significantly reduce your monthly energy bills. Most of your energy is spent on heating and cooling your homes, even at times when it’s not needed.
Use a programmable thermostat to reduce the energy used when you are at work or sleeping. By doing this every day, you can significantly make changes in your monthly electric bills. Some studies suggest that you can save up to 10% of your electric bills by resetting the temperatures on your programmable thermostat.
Change Your Bulbs
Lighting in most homes accounts for more than 5% of monthly energy bills. You can save a lot by switching to an energy-efficient lighting source.
As opposed to the traditional incandescent bulbs, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are the most ideal in energy conservation. LED bulbs normally convert most of their energy into light, wasting very little energy on heat. It produces brighter light while consuming less energy as compared to incandescent bulbs. They also last longer.
Another option is using compact fluorescent lamps to save energy. However, you should be careful when handling them since they contain mercury.
Improving Your HVAC System
Substantial amounts of your money can be saved by optimizing your HVAC unit. Inadequate maintenance, overuse, and old units contribute to the energy inefficiencies of your system. You should also clean your HVAC regularly to maintain its efficiency. Hiring a professional HVAC technician to help you with this is advisable.
Dirty and clogged up filters overwork your system. Consider changing filters after a short duration of time. You can save energy also by using your air conditioner less — it doesn’t have to run 24/7. You can also reach out to us at Stephen K. Denny Inc. for help in deciding how to best improve your HVAC system.
Air-Dry Your Dishes
The hefty energy bills you incur could be made worse by how you handle your dishes after washing them. Heat-drying your dishes will consume a lot more energy, while still giving out unnecessary heat during the summer. You can air-dry your dishes or open your dishwasher’s doors to allow the dishes to dry slowly.
Wash Your Clothes with Cold Water
Washing machines are one of the most indispensable appliances in many homes. However, they come at a cost. When you opt for cold water in your washing machine, only the motor that agitates the drum consumes energy.
Most of all, to reduce your monthly energy bills, you should make sure that your devices are working properly. You can use a smart thermostat to check on the devices that consume excess power and replace the problematic ones. In short, the best way to save money on your energy bill is to streamline your system and make sure it’s maintained. Talk to your trusted HVAC technician today for more ways on how to save money on your bills.
This is a contributed post.