No one wants to be surprised by an unexpectedly high bill. Utility rates, however, continue to increase every year. But there are ways you can help reduce your utility bills without making drastic changes to your everyday routine.
Turn Off Ceiling Fans and Lights in Empty Rooms
Overusing your overhead lighting can get expensive. Try using lamps to provide direct light right where you need it. And always remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room. Additionally, running a ceiling fan can help cool a room and prevent the need for you to use your air conditioner, which is an energy saver as well. But remember to turn off your ceiling fan when the room is not in use.
Switch to LED Bulbs
Making the switch to LED light bulbs will save you considerable money in the long-term. LED bulbs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and they last almost 25 times longer!
A lot of devices that stay plugged in continue to use electricity even when they aren’t in use. Computer chargers, gaming consoles, cable boxes and DVR devices are among the most common culprits. Unplugging unnecessary cords can help you reduce your energy usage and save you money.
Dishwashers and washing machines are among the most used appliances in your home. They also use a lot of energy, regardless of whether they’re full or not. Wait until you have a full load before washing your laundry or dishes.
Consistent Thermostat Settings
We know it’s tempting to adjust the thermostat based on fluctuations in the weather. But keeping the thermostat set at a consistent, comfortable temperature will save energy. Decide on a comfortable temperature for when you’re at home and adjust the thermostat to use a little less power while you’re away from the house. A smart thermostat will make these adjustments automatically and keep your home comfortable all the time.
Don’t have a smart thermostat? Our certified HVAC technicians will be glad to upgrade you!
At Northern Pines, we can improve the comfort and efficiency of your home through strategic electrical repairs and installations. Call us today to discuss ways we can make your home more energy-efficient.