Seal up the house is always the easiest first spot to check for savings. Unless you have a newly built home. It’s highly likely that money is slipping though the cracks literally. Unsealed cracks, doors, windows can bleed the efforts of your HVAC system and duct system costing you money. An easy and inexpensive solution is caulk and weatherstripping where needed within the home. Making sure your house is properly sealed would lower your electrical expense significantly. Throughout this blog I intend on giving you additional tips to do just that.
Optimize Heat Generation Within the Home
Using appliances that generate heat at night in the cooler part of the day will help keep your home cooler with less work. It would facilitate the air conditioning system in not having to run twice as much during the warmest part of the day. Obviously the air conditioner struggling to keep up is going to generate a higher electric bill. To maintain a comfortable indoor temperature through the most humid parts of the day; running heat generating appliances at night would ensure savings and comfort. Some examples of heat generating appliances are clothes dryers, dishwashers and stoves.
Leeching Appliances Eat Money and Power
Unplug electrical appliances when they are not being used to prevent their internal transformers from drawing performing a trickle charge. Most of our parents tried imprinting this in our brains as children. Turning your lights off when you leave a room or unplugging your phone chargers when not charging a phone. Things that seem small increase your power bills a great deal when added together. Leaving these things plugged in and switches in the on position is sucking money from our bank accounts like a leech. The savings can be quite shocking for the untrained professional at first.
Economical & Smart Usage of Your HVAC System
Don’t heat or cool an empty house unless the humidity levels dictate otherwise. Remember though that a humid house probably means you have leaks that should be sealed. Your HVAC system running consistently will certainly increase your energy use and reflect higher electric bills. Close off rooms you aren’t using to lower their effect on your energy bill. Remember keep sunlight at a minimum while investing in heat retardant window films or drapes. UV light form the sun is what truly causes the heat in our homes. Blocking these rays effectively can show significant energy savings while still maintaining a bright home.
Routine preventive maintenance inspections on your HVAC system to ensure maximum efficiency are a phenomenal way to lower energy costs. Making sure there are no leaks, your fan is running at the optimal speed and checking the over all health of your air conditioning system can help greatly.
Dirt Can Cost your Hundreds Over Time
Replace your air conditioning filter on a 90 day schedule at minimum. Decrease the time depending on number of pets and allergies within you and your family members. A dirty or damaged air filter can cause restrictions in the air flow. Restricted air flow can overwork your system causing the motor to work harder for less result. An overworked motor is inefficient and this inefficiency shows up within your energy bill. Dirty filters cause multiple other issues that steadily increase your power bill over time. Dirty evaporator coils, dirty blower housings and a dirty duct system can all contribute to an overworked and inefficient air conditioning system within your home. A quick and easy tip is to use your smartphone’s reminder app to set a recurring 90 day event to change the filter.
Thermostats are Your Energy Bill Controller
Installing a programmable thermostat is also a fundamental element of home energy savings. Being able to control and schedule heating and cooling processes will ensure energy savings. Programmable thermostats can adjust the temperature to the exact point of your own personal comfort and saving needs. You can even manage the temperature at various times of the day when your air conditioning system is being used the least and when its being used the most. Being energy conscious is important. Most significantly to our bank accounts. Spending the small amount of money that is needed for a programmable thermostat can be one of the most cost effective investments for your home or business. Newer models of programmable thermostats are being made with many different types of high tech stuff, such as Wi-Fi ability or technology that allows you to control your thermostat using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. You would be able to access heating and cooling to regulate energy use from anywhere. Whether it be someone coming home early to even the weather elements altering your need for heating or cooling.
There are so many different things we can cut down on daily to lower our energy use that would decrease our power bills. Just starting with a couple small things will give you immediate results if you change even the littlest routines.