6 Ways To Keep Your Electric Bill Down This Winter
In the winter months, especially following the holiday season, consumers are looking for ways to save money. High energy bills can be a financial headache that you rather avoid. The good news is a few simple fixes can drastically cut your monthly electric bill—without the need to crank the thermostat way down.
1.Program the Thermostat
According to Consumer Reports, a programmable thermostat can save homeowners as much as 20 percent on heating costs. When you’re out of the home, set the thermostat to under 60 degrees. Program the thermostat to a more comfortable temperature of 67 degrees about ten minutes before you plan to return home. Newer thermostats utilize Wi-Fi and can even be adjusted from your smartphone.
2. Watch the Windows
The windows in your home play a big part in determining the warmth of your rooms. Check each window for drafts. Caulk any window frames to seal leaks. If the draft is still present, cover the windows with heavy-duty drapes. Open the drapes on any well-insulated windows during periods of the day where they receive direct sunlight.
3. Check the Home for Energy Draining Electronics
Many consumer electronics, such as televisions, computers, and stereos, use up energy even when not powered on. One easy fix is to simply unplug the electronics after each use. As an alternative, you can use power switches to turn your gadgets on and off with a simple press of a button.
4. Peak Versus Non-Peak Usage
Many consumers are unaware of the differences in cost of when you use power within the home. Peak and non-peak hours vary from company to company, but many consider weekday mornings and weekday evenings as peak times. Adjusting the thermostat to lower a temperature during peak hours can lower your bills. Also, consider running the dishwasher or washing machine at non-peak times. When you use these appliances, set the lowest temperature possible for cleaning. Fill the dishwasher or washing machine before running a cycle. When drying clothes, clean the lint filter first for optimal efficiency. Drying subsequent loads of clothes reduces energy usage too since the dryer is already heated up.
5. Change the Filters
Don’t try to save a few dollars by skimping on replacement air filters. Most furnaces require filter replacement every couple of months to run at optimal efficiency. Aluminum filters can be cleaned and reused while fiberglass versions need replacement.
6. Adjust Lighting
Switch to low watt bulbs for a major energy savings. In particular, Tungsten halogen incandescent bulbs have been attributed to cutting lighting costs by an average of 15 percent. Place any lamps in the corners of each room to reduce the need for more lighting. Always remember to turn off lights when you leave a room.
Maintaining your home heating system will make the most difference in reducing electric bills during the winter. Customers living in the Raleigh, North Carolina area are invited to contact Delta Heating & Cooling at (919) 249-5133 for assistance with all their home energy needs.