Electricity costs are on the rise, and the heat of summer is not helping anything. As a result of the summer heat, even the most energy efficient home is going to see higher electric bills. Fortunately, there are ways to save money on your electric bill that won’t break the bank.
Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill
Use heat-producing appliances at night. The dishwasher, oven and dryer are three appliances that generate heat. Try using them as little as possible during summer, and run them after dark if you can. This will keep your home more comfortable while minimizing energy use.
Get your A/C checked by a professional. Air conditioners and heat pumps work hard to cool your home during summer. At least once a year, you need to have an HVAC specialist come out and check your system. Minor adjustments and a thorough checkup will keep your air conditioner running efficiently all year round.
Lower the temperature on your water heater. Everyone loves a good hot shower or bath, but keeping your water heater running at 130 or 140 degrees Fahrenheit burns energy. Try lowering the temperature to 120 degrees instead. It can save upward of 10% on a typical electric bill.
Make sure your windows and doors have proper weatherstripping. Air leaks make your air conditioning system work harder, burning through more electricity in the process. Inspect your windows and doors for tiny cracks along the edge. Use weatherstripping or caulk to close those gaps.
Each of these tips will help you keep your electric bills down, whether you have an energy efficient home or not. You will be surprised to see your electric bills going down even as the temperatures rise. If you need any help with your air conditioning this year, call Airco Service today.