Receiving a higher-than-expected power bill is frustrating.
Art Plumbing, AC & Electric technicians strive to help you avoid outrageous electrical bills with these tips that will keep you, your family, and your wallet, comfortable.
To begin, have a professional conduct an energy audit to help you determine the energy-efficiency of your home. Of course, there are electrical upgrades that can add value to your home. They will also help you determine where you can cut back on energy use.
But are there are other ways to keep your electric bill low? (Yes!) Let’s take a look.
Regular HVAC Maintenance
Living in South Florida means year-round, warm temperatures. Because of this, our air conditioners are constantly under a lot of pressure to perform.
Regular AC maintenance will ensure that your system is operating as efficiently as possible. Ignoring it will ultimately result in higher energy bills. During maintenance, any wear-and-tear will be acknowledged and corrected.
It’s recommended that your filters are changed every 30 days to avoid a build-up of sediment. An AC system is made of important elements that rely on regular maintenance. Knowing what to change and when can be tricky if you’re not familiar with the mechanics of an air conditioning system.
Install A Thermostat
Installing a thermostat promotes positive air-flow, but it also comes down to the comfort of your family.
Heating and cooling forms a large part of your home’s energy bill. Having a programmable thermostat in your home gives you the ability to control its temperature. You can program your home to use less energy during hours when your family is at work, school, or away on vacation.
Another added benefit is that you are able to set the temperature according to the time of the day and will not need to adjust it manually. This is beneficial because you save energy during downtimes and you benefit from having a comfortable environment when you arrive home.
Insulating your home reduces the amount of heat exchanged between the walls, attics, ducts, and roofs. During winter months, hot air does not easily escape. During hotter months, less cool air can escape and the house remains cool. As a result, less energy is needed to heat and cool your home.
Lighting In Your Home
Lighting technology has quietly become a key way to save electricity in your home.
LED lighting is more energy-efficient and can last for years. More so, LED lights only use about 10% to 15% of the electricity an average light bulb uses.
Maybe it’s time for you to go through your home and change any light bulbs that are not energy efficient; this will shave a bit off of your electricity bill every month.
Outside, using solar lighting is a quick way to decrease your electricity bill. During the day, solar panels will draw in energy, and at night, your outdoor area will be well-lit at the fraction of the cost.
Dimmer switches will allow you to use only the amount of light you need, instead of blasting your lights at full throttle. This also creates a nice aesthetic for your home—an added bonus.
Appliances still use electricity while they are plugged in, even if not in use. Surge protectors turn the power off to these devices when they aren’t being operated.
Installing a water heater timer will prevent you the inconvenience of having to wait for your water to heat up while also minimizing the cost of your electric bill. You can set times for your water to heat up when it is needed and during downtimes, you save money.
Regular water heater maintenance is necessary to keep things running smoothly. Sediment builds up and causes your system to work harder to achieve the optimal temperature. This requires more electricity and will increase your power bill. While you’re carrying out water heater maintenance, have your system insulated. This also contributes to using less energy.
You can get rid of any phantom electricity caused by devices such as TVs, computers and kitchen appliances that are in standby mode and continue to use electricity while not in use. Get in touch with your local electrician to assist with installing power strips that you can turn off between uses. It will eliminate a significant amount of your bill.
Art Plumbing, AC and Electric technicians are experts in making sure that your home runs as efficiently as possible. Let us inspect your home and help you identify ways to save money on your electric bills today!