6 Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill
Many homeowners are trying to come up with ways to reduce their electricity use. If you are one of those homeowners, good for you! By finding ways to reduce your electricity consumption, you will be decreasing your electricity bill and even doing some good for the environment. However, sometimes it takes some trial and error to figure out which electricity saving method is effective. To help you out, the pros at Roman Electric have several effective ways to reduce your electric bill!
1. Change Your Thermostat Setting
According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on heating or cooling by turning your thermostat 7-10 degrees (higher or lower – depending on the season) for 8 hours a day. This is a particularly helpful tip for those who live in milder climates than those in severe climates. If you have a manual thermostat, this might not be easy to do. However, with a programmable thermostat’s temperature scheduling capabilities, you can try out this tip and see if it works for you. Your HVAC system consumes a lot of energy, so if you’re able to save up on heating or cooling, you can make a significant difference in your electric bills!
2. Use Fans
On hotter days you might be inclined to reduce your thermostat’s temperature even more. However, it will save you a little bit on energy costs by increasing your thermostat setting by a few degrees and turning on a fan instead. Fans create a wind-chill effect and will cool you just the same.
3. Replace Your Air Filter
Replacing your air filter is one of the easiest ways to maintain your HVAC unit and save energy while doing so. According to the DOE, replacing your filter can reduce your energy consumption by up to 15 %.
4. Use LED Bulbs
Replace your incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. LED lights can last 25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs and use 75 % less energy. They also come with dimming capabilities and don’t radiate heat, which makes them safer to use than incandescent lights.
5. Seal Up Your Home
By ensuring your have insulation in places like your attic, crawlspaces, basement and exterior walls, you will be saving up to 20% on heating and cooling costs and 10 % on overall energy costs. In addition to adding insulation, make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed with weather stripping and caulking.
6. Unplug Appliances Not in Use
While it might be harmless to leave your charger, coffee machine or hair dryer plugged in, these devices will still be consuming energy. Be sure to unplug all electronics after use.
Reduce Your Energy Bill with Roman Electric!
We hope these tips on reducing your energy bill are helpful. If you want more suggestions on how you can reduce your overall energy consumption, get in touch with the pros at Roman Electric! Our team of experienced technicians will be more than happy to answer your questions. Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service online!