- The U.S. Department of Energy claims that HVAC systems account for over 50 percent of a person’s electric bill
- Today there are many options when it comes to lightbulbs
- Set your thermostat accordingly so you can save on heating and coolings costs
One of the easiest ways to save money in Salt Lake City and Park City is to lower your electric bill. How can you lower your electric bill each month? Here are some simple, easy-to-do tips:
1. Close Your Curtains
In the summer if you close your curtains against the sun, it can keep your house from over heating and reduce the amount of air conditioning you need. Similarly, in the winter, open your curtains and let the sun in for natural, free heating.
2. Change Lightbulbs
Today there are many options when it comes to lightbulbs. We recommend switching to compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode bulbs. LED bulbs are up to 80 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
3. Check for Leaks
Especially in the winter, make sure that your weatherstripping and windows are tightly sealed. If cold air is getting in or hot air is escaping, this can drastically increase the amount of energy you’re using.
4. HVAC Maintenance
The U.S. Department of Energy claims that HVAC systems account for over 50 percent of a person’s electric bill. In order to ensure the highest level of efficiency, it is important to maintain your HVAC system and schedule maintenance and upkeep regularly. Additionally, you should change your air filters as directed to enhance efficiency.
5. Keep Your HVAC Clear
If your HVAC system is too cluttered with bushes or debris, it will decrease the machine’s efficiency. That being said, we do recommend some kind of awning or covering to shade the unit for optimal efficiency.
6. Plant a Tree
It may sound silly, but the shade from a nicely positioned tree can help to keep your home cool, lowering costs.
7. Program Your Thermostat
When you’re sleeping or away from your home, set your thermostat accordingly so you can save on heating and coolings costs.
8. Turn Down the Heat
Heating of any kind takes a lot of energy. Consider lowering your water heater temperature to 120 degrees. Additionally, you can wash your clothes in cold water and forgo the heat dry when running your dishwasher.
Surprisingly, appliances may still use power when switched off. When you’re not using an appliance, unplug it to avoid using extra electricity. Consider using a power strip that you can turn on and off if your outlets are out of reach.
One of the biggest drains on power is old and outdated appliances. Today’s appliances and machines are significantly more efficient than products made even 10 or 15 years ago. If your operating older appliances and equipment, it may be time to think about upgrading.
Every home and office is different, don’t hesitate to consult with a professional electrician on additional ways or the best ways for you to lower your electric bill.