If you would like to reduce your energy consumption so that you can save money on your electric bill, there are quick, easy steps you can take, as well as more advanced home improvement projects that will pay back in the long run. Track your progress by comparing how your power bill looks now to how it looks after using the tips below. You’ll be amazed by the difference!
SIX TIPS FOR REDUCING YOUR ELECTRIC BILL
1. Ensure Your Electric System Works Properly
An electrical system that does not work correctly can cost you more money than you'd expect and even endanger your home! If a lot of time has passed since a professional last looked at your system, contact an expert to inspect and test it for any issues.
2. Unplug “Energy Vampires”
Plugged-in appliances and electronics still use power even when they are not in use. Computers, televisions, and microwaves are among the worst offenders. Unplug them when you are not using them to lower your energy consumption.
3. Insulate Your Home
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, with proper insulation, you can save up to 20% on your home’s heating and cooling costs or up to 10% on your total energy costs. Older structures won't always have adequate insulation to keep your home energy-efficient, so it may be time to upgrade to a more effective material. Modern insulation can last for up to 100 years.
4. Upgrade to ENERGY STAR Appliances and Electronics
Many of the appliances required for modern living consume a lot of power each month. Switch to ENERGY STAR appliances and electronics to reduce your energy consumption. ENERGY STAR products can reduce the amount of power you consume by 8% to 70%. Look for the ENERGY STAR logo on refrigerators, pool pumps, air conditioners, and more.
5. Invest in HVAC Maintenance
Your heating and cooling equipment account for a lot of electricity use, so it’s critical to keep these units running as efficiently as possible (and yes, even gas furnaces still use electricity). Keeping up with seasonal HVAC maintenance helps the equipment operate at peak performance, which means that it doesn’t have to work as hard or as long to keep your home comfortable. This translates into lower energy consumption and lower electrical bills.
6. Help out Your AC on Hot Days
As mentioned above, your AC requires a lot of electricity to run. Give your AC a helping hand by using floor and ceiling fans and closing window treatments to cool your rooms during summer.
At 1st Home & Commercial Services, our friendly, Austin professionals are prepared to meet your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical needs. Give us a call today: (512) 957-2992.