Energy costs money, yet for many people, surging electricity bills come as a surprise because they don’t anticipate how much energy goes into fuelling their modern lifestyles. The average home owner will spend well over $1,600 every year on utility bills.
Let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways to conserve energy and save on your electricity bills.
1. Use a Thermostat
The most obvious way to save money is to use your air conditioner and HVAC equipment appropriately. This means turning the temperature setting on your thermostat up during the summer and turning it down during the winter.
The US Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat temperature to 74 degrees to keep your house comfortable and save your energy costs. This will also decrease the demand placed on the energy required.
A good idea is to have your electrician in Myrtle Beach, SC install a programmable thermostat and control the HVAC device without you having to manually adjust it every time.
2. Use Ceiling Fans Appropriately
Ceiling fans can help you save energy if you set them to spin counter clockwise during the summer. This creates a vortex that pulls hot air towards the ceiling and away from the living space. Do the opposite in the winter so the fans would blow hot air towards the living space. Ceiling fans are an efficient means of regulating ambient temperature and consume a lot less energy than air conditioners, costing as little $35 a year.
Many people misuse their air conditioners without realizing they can reduce their energy bills by using ceiling fans.
3. Air Dry Wet Kitchen Cutlery
Most people use their dishwashers to dry their wet cutleries. What they don’t realize is that letting the dishes dry on their own is very efficient, as long as you don’t have to serve food immediately.
If you clean your dishes in the evening, you can leave them be and still have them dry before its dinner. This avoids having to use energy from the grid, saving you as much as 15 to 50 percent of the dishwasher’s energy.
4. Use the Washer to Clean a Full Set of Clothes
By following the steps outlined below, you can save a lot of money on your clothes washer.
- Use warm water instead of hot water, this way you cut the load’s energy use by over half. If you’re using cold water, that will save you even more. It is a good idea to use detergents that work well with cold water.
- Your washer will use the same amount of energy regardless of the size of its load. So your best way to reduce the consumption of energy is to fill it up to capacity, just don’t overload it.
- Hang the laundry outside instead of using the dryer. It makes sense if you don’t plan on wearing your newly washed laundry in the short term.
5. Insulate Your Heating Ducts and Walls
Insulation helps you minimize the transfer of energy to and from your room. This eases the burden placed on air conditioners and helps them reach desired temperature settings more easily. Experts believe that improving the insulation in your home can reduce your energy bill by as much as 20 percent.
Small cracks and gaps in between walls allow warm and cool air to escape through them. These flaws can be compensated by insulating your walls.
6. Use Energy Star Certified Electrical Equipment
Light fixtures and equipment that come with Energy Star certification use about 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional equipment. They also last about 15 times longer and reduce your electricity costs in the long run. Energy Star equipment can be used on washers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, computers, and other power intensive appliances.
Consult with an electrician in Myrtle Beach, SC to learn more.
7. Closing Doors Quickly and Efficiently
Air-conditioned rooms need to be sealed off from the outside environment. This means closing the door as soon as you’re done with your errands. Your curtains can also help you save energy by blocking energy movement across windows. To this end, you can use double glazed windows to minimize the transfer of energy to and from your room.
Poorly installed windows and doors and gaps around walls can make your HVAC equipment obsolete. Instead, install well-insulated and fast moving doors to save both money and energy.
8. Switch Off Electrical Appliances When You Don’t Need Them
This goes without saying. You should always plug off your electrical appliances when you don’t need them. Appliances such as the toaster, microwave, television, and computers alike should be shut down when not in use. The same also applies to light fixtures, ceiling fans, and air conditioners that no one is using.
It is recommended to disconnect appliances from the power switch instead of using the remote controller. This way, you can save more energy.
9. Use Solar Energy and Going Off Grid
Solar panels capture the sun’s energy by using photovoltaic cells. These solar panels convert electromagnetic radiation from the sun into electrical energy, providing power to operate electrical devices and light fixtures. The biggest benefit of solar power is that the sun provides energy free of charge. The only investment you need is to set up the device which will pay for itself over the years.
In some parts of the world, home owners even get paid to generate their own electricity using solar panels. Solar panels provide ‘clean’ energy that doesn’t release harmful green house gases or toxic pollutants in the atmosphere. This allows homeowners to reduce their overall carbon footprint and help with global warming.
You will need a professional electrician in Myrtle Beach, SC to install the solar panel for you.
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