What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills?
Your energy bills arise from energy usage, which essentially refers to the amount of power consumed to perform a task or accomplish a specific objective. These tasks include cooling, heating, and lighting in your home. Thus, high bills mean high energy consumption.
Well, the debate on the ways on how energy consumption can be reduced may go on and on. However, there are various ways in which you can practice to reduce these bills. Therefore, in this article, we discuss these means you can observe to reduce bills.
There are two major categories of high-power consumers in your home, or as we like to call them energy vampires: power and lighting, heating, and cooling.
Power and Lighting
Vast amounts of energy may be consumed in this area if reasonable care and control of electronics, machines, and bulbs are not considered. You can ensure the following to reduce bills emanating from these areas.
Swap out your light bulbs
Incandescent bulbs are cheap, but they consume more energy than Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LED).
Install automatic light sensors or timed sensors on outdoor lighting
This tip comes in handy, basically, where standard lighting depends on manual switches. Automatic lighting will save you much more energy consumption during the night.
Turn off lights when not in use
Arguably the most overlooked practice in many homesteads. Furthermore, you can engage the services of an electrician to install motion sensors to regulate the lighting.
Use smart power strips
These strips are used in devices that need the power to be on a standby mode. Utilizing smart power strips can help you in disconnecting the current when the devices are not in use.
Use task lighting
Turn off ceiling lights and use table lamps, track lighting and under-counter lights in work and hobby areas, and kitchen areas.
Unplug electronics when not in use
Did you know that standby power can account for up to 10% of average electricity consumption in a homestead? Electric kettles and iron boxes are among the most overlooked devices.
Replace aged fridges and TVs
Heating and Cooling
Heating and cooling units may become the most energy and power consumers whenever proper control is not put in place in your home. Especially if you are in the Coachella Valley in the middle of summer. There is not much else hotter than being stuck in your house in Indio or Palm Desert and having a vampire of an AC unit sucking all your power.
In that case, some elements of heating and cooling that you can fix to reduce energy bills are.
Consider replacing your manual thermostat
Conventional thermostats are a deal-breaker. You go on a vacation, the weather changes, and the thermostat will still signal the AC to heat the house. You don’t want that. A digital or automatic thermostat will ensure that the HVAC system is heating and cooling your home efficiently and accordingly.
Adjust your fridge and freezer temperature
Consider setting your fridge to 36-38°F and your freezer to 0-5°F. This move will ensure you get effective services while saving power.
Fix leaky ductwork
Improve the efficiency of your cooling and heating systems by getting the help of a certified HVAC installer like Preferred Services Air Conditioning to repair leaky heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ducts.
Check seals on windows, doors, and appliances
A lousy seal allows air to seep out, therefore, acting as energy loss points. Make sure your fridge and freezer are well sealed to keep the cold air where it belongs. The same goes for windows and doors.
Add solar panels
Solar panels are excellent alternatives to reduce heating loads as they utilize the natural sun compared to other heating appliances that use electricity to be powered.
Use window shades
Window shades can be utilized to ensure that heat generated is not lost, and this can be used to reduce energy significantly.
To Sum Up
Energy bills are hard to escape, especially when you have appliances in your home, such as heaters and air conditioners. However, high bills that have an upward trend should warn you of abnormal energy usage.
So, have you been wondering how to fix these high bills? There you have it, actionable ways to reduce energy bills significantly.
And remember, bills will highly depend on various factors, not just what we mentioned here. However, if you do all this and still experience high bills, you can contact us for a diagnostic consultation and help you get back on track.
To avoid any setbacks with your air conditioning unit, you need to keep it functioning optimally. By so doing, you will cut unnecessary repair costs and bills. Our Preferred Services team of trained professionals will work with you to ensure the high performance of the AC system unit with an inexpensive tune-up or Air Con system replacement.
So, if you are looking for an Indio AC Service to help you with all types of Air conditioning repairs, then Preferred Services air conditioning is the place to call.
Apart from having peace of mind when you are assured of everything working in order, our AC contractors leave your home in a better state.