If you’re like most homeowners, finding ways to save money is always top of mind. One of the easiest ways to save is to work on lowering your electricity bill. Not only does it help reduce your energy bill, but it is also eco-friendly reducing overall energy consumption in your area. These simple ideas will put a noticeable dent in your electricity bill so you can put the money to better use.
Turn Heat Down Low at Night
Since you’ll be snug and cozy under your blankets at night, it’s the perfect time to reduce energy use and turn down your thermometer. Smart thermometers are an excellent way to manage heat throughout the day and night as they can be set to adjust based on the time of day. Your Calgary electrician can assist with a smart thermostat installation.
Regularly Replace Air Conditioner Filters
Out of sight is out of mind. Since you rarely need to look at your AC, you probably have no idea of how clogged your filters can get. However, if you change your filters every fall and spring, you can improve the efficiency of your AC unit while also reducing the allergens released into your home.
Don’t Leave Electronics Plugged In
Most people have electronics sitting unused in their home, but still keep them plugged in. While it might seem electronics only use energy when they’re on, anything plugged in continues to drain what’s called “standby power”. If you have electronics or appliances you use less than once a month, go around the house and unplug them to save a bit of money. It won’t be earth-shattering savings, but every bit counts.
Add a Towel to Dryer Loads
This nifty trick helps absorb the dampness of your wet laundry. As a result, you can run your laundry loads for less time and save tons of money in the process. This works for gas dryers as well, as they also run on electricity.
Wash Laundry with Cold Water
There’s actually no need to use hot water when you wash your clothes. Although some people think hot water is needed to kill germs, the washer doesn’t heat the water enough to have any effect on germs and bacteria. As well, you reduce the risk for shrinkage when you use cold water. Hot water for laundry is nothing more than a waste of energy.
Only Do Full Laundry Loads
While you might get caught in need of a clean shirt for that unexpected job interview, never run small loads of laundry. The more loads you do, the more it costs, so running full loads just makes good sense.
Don’t Use Heat Dry on Dishwashers
Dishwashers often have a setting that steam dries your dishes. It’s far more energy-efficient to skip this setting and let your dishes air dry.
Stock Your Fridge
Stocked fridges help hold in the cold air better than empty fridges. If you find your fridge is always empty, consider investing in a smaller sized, energy-efficient fridge.
Swap Out Your Bulbs
Switching to LEDs takes some money upfront, but you’ll then not only see reductions in your electricity bill but also find you don’t need to replace them as often. A good way to do this is to just buy them as your old bulbs die out. But really, it’s worth it to just do all your lights now and start enjoying the savings.
Turn Off the Lights
When you leave a room, turn off the lights. Plain and simple.
These ideas are easy fixes you can start using right away. Your Calgary electrician can offer further advice on how you can save on electricity.