We use electricity in the home every day to power our work, chores, and even relaxation. The appliances and electronics that we rely on, however, can also contribute to high energy bills. Here are a few easy energy saving tips to reduce your electric bill while extending the life of your appliances!
Save Energy by Replacing Old Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs may cost more at the checkout but will end up saving energy usage and money on your electricity bill. LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy than traditional light bulbs, and last significantly longer. With a lower monthly bill and fewer trips to the store, LED bulbs are an obvious choice!
Lighting is a necessity in every home, but the type and placement of your lights can be a contributing factor to your high electric bill. Ceiling and overhead lights are excellent for lighting an entire room but often are not energy efficient. Consider using a lamp instead, which can provide direct light and be strategically placed where needed.
Unplug Appliances to Reduce Energy Usage
Contrary to popular belief, most plugged-in appliances draw electricity even when turned off! Many modern electronics transition to a standby mode instead of fully powering down. This helps the device turn back on faster, but can lead to higher energy bills. Additionally, items with clocks, such as coffee makers and microwaves, continue to draw additional power while not in use. To save energy and cost, consider unplugging appliances between uses.
Save Energy by Replacing Outdated Appliances and Improving Efficiently
Old appliances, while sometimes trendy and retro, use more energy than new energy-efficient models. Consider which appliances in your home are due for an upgrade and switch to an energy efficient alternative.
Some appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and washing machines also require more energy to operate than smaller appliances. You can save energy by running your large appliances only when they are full, rather than running multiple, incomplete loads.
Avoid Adjusting the Thermostat
Sometimes outdoor temperatures can change quickly and drastically. Instead of changing your home’s temperature to accommodate these fluctuations, try to keep the temperature in your home consistent. Bundling up or opening the windows to a breeze can be enough to keep your home comfortable during these spikes and can give your HVAC system a break. You can also consider adding a smart thermostat, which can learn routines and make adjustments to help you save energy.
Pay Attention to Device Charging Time
It’s important to keep electronic devices such as phones and computers charged, but it is not necessary to leave them charging all night. By charging your devices for only as long as is needed, you can save energy and avoid driving up your electric bill.
Check Your Home Insulation to Save Energy
Poor insulation can make it harder for your HVAC to keep your home properly heated or cooled. This not only results in more energy usage and higher electric bills, but also increases the wear and tear on your HVAC unit. Consider having an Infrared Thermography Scan by a trained professional to check for issues with home insulation, which can then be mitigated. Identifying and taking steps to fix these issues early can help lower your energy bills, while extending the life of your HVAC!
With so many ways to make small changes in your home, saving energy and reducing your electric bill has never been easier! To check the condition of your new, prospective or current home, click here to find a WIN Home Inspection expert near you. Alternatively, call (800) 309-6753 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our experts will contact you promptly.