Summer is upon us once again, and with it comes the dreaded spike in our electric bills. With the increased use of air conditioners, fans, and refrigerators during these hot months, energy costs tend to escalate rapidly. At Neighborhood Electric, we enjoy helping our clients reduce their expenses and improve their energy efficiency. Here are some practical and effective strategies to lower your electric bill this season.
Air conditioning units, although essential for a comfortable summer, are major energy guzzlers. Optimizing your AC's performance can drastically reduce your energy consumption. Consider regular maintenance checks. These not only ensure that your AC is running at its best but can also detect problems early, preventing energy wastage. Your thermostat settings play an important role too. Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher can result in noticeable savings. It’s also a good idea to clean and replace filters regularly to maintain air quality and energy efficiency. A clean AC system operates more effectively, requiring less energy to cool your home.
Appliances with an ENERGY STAR rating, a distinction they earn due to their lower energy demands, offer a substantial advantage in managing your electric bill. Yes, they might seem more expensive at the outset, but it's important to see the big picture. Think of these appliances as an investment for the future. Although the upfront cost may be higher, the savings over time are significant.
One often overlooked method of energy saving is unplugging unused electronics and appliances. Many devices continue to consume 'phantom' or 'standby' power even when not actively in use. A simple practice like unplugging your coffee maker, toaster, or computer monitor when not in use can reduce this 'vampire power' consumption and lower your electric bill.
Harnessing natural light instead of using electric lights during the day can lead to energy savings. Similarly, efficient cooking methods, such as using a microwave or slow cooker instead of an oven, can reduce energy usage. Using ceiling fans instead of AC can also lower costs. Fans consume significantly less energy than AC units and can make a room feel 4-5 degrees cooler.
Did you know that incorporating more greenery in your home can help reduce your electric bill? Plants and trees around your home create a natural cooling effect. They provide shade, reducing the temperature around your home and minimizing the need for air conditioning.
A professional electrician can offer comprehensive energy audits that highlight areas of energy waste in your home. These audits cover everything from your insulation and window sealings to appliances and lighting systems. They identify areas where improvements can be made, suggest suitable solutions, and even estimate potential energy savings. Such a holistic approach ensures you’re not only lowering your electric bill for the summer of 2023 but also paving the way for long-term energy efficiency, so make an appointment with a local electrician as soon as possible.
Are you concerned that your outdated or dysfunctional electrical system will cost more than it should this summer? Lower costs and ensure the safety of your home by investing in professional services. Call the specialists at Neighborhood Electric to learn more or to schedule a convenient appointment for your next electrical inspection, energy audit, electrical installation, wiring upgrade, or electrical repair service.