How to Lower Electricity Bills at Home
February 5, 2021//
High electricity bills are the bane of most American homeowner’s lives. But these quick tips will help you lower electricity bills at home and save money each month.
- Install Dimmer Switches – Dimmer switches help you save electricity because you only use as much light as you need rather than waste energy on full lights all the time.
- Install an Attic Fan – Another way fans can help; it’ll pull cool air into your home, and help to remove the hot air.
- Keep Your Fridge and Freezer Full – It’s not just about closing the fridge door (though of course, that helps). Keeping your fridge and freezer full can also save money because food acts as insulation and lessens the amount of time that the fridge has to run to stay cool.
- Shield Your Home From the Sun – Cut down on your a/c use by closing curtains and blinds on the sunny side of your home. For even more savings, consider installing tinted window film.
- Switch to LEDs – LED light bulbs use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Start by switching out the most widely used bulbs in your home. Then, replace the rest as they burn out.
- Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry – Set up a clothesline in your backyard and let Mother Nature, not your dryer, dry your laundry. If this isn’t an option, consider hanging clothes on a drying rack inside.
- Eliminate Phantom Loads – A quarter of the energy used by home electronic devices is consumed when they’re turned off. These “phantom” users include televisions, VCRs, stereos, computers and many kitchen appliances—basically anything that holds a time or other settings. You need to get into the habit of turning these devices off when they are not in use. A simple solution is to plug all of these items into power strips which can be turned off in one go when you’re not suing them, for example before going to bed.
- Schedule Yearly HVAC Maintenance – If your HVAC system is in a good state of repair it will work more efficiently and save you money. Have it inspected and cleaned by a professional once a year and will not only save you money it will leave you with cleaner indoor air.
- Use FILTERSCAN® Wifi – Another important way to keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency is by changing the furnace filter before it becomes clogged. CleanAlert’s FILTERSCAN® Wifi will send you a text when it’s time to change your filter so you can avoid unnecessary, costly replacements whilst keeping your HVAC system running perfectly.
- Install Ceiling Fans – these will keep air circulating in your home so your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard. During the summer you want the fan to cool by blowing air straight down, so your ceiling fan needs to run in a counterclockwise direction (as you look up at it) at a high speed. During the winter, you want the opposite so your fan should run at a low speed in a clockwise direction.