- Use a programmable thermostat
Heating and cooling is the cause of increase in our electric bills, but it can be subject to broad fluctuations based on external temperature and personal preference. Through resisting the urge to turn up the heat or turn down the thermostat, you will reduce the power you use and lower your electric bill, but if that is not enough, you can consider installing a programmable thermostat.
- Extra-insulate your home
The freezing outdoor temperature during the winter decreases home comfort. This can be caused by many causes, but one of the most prominent is due to poor insulation. Insulation is the security that holds your home warm, both the heat during the cold months and the cool setting during the summer months. So insulation helps save energy and eventually money because of its capacity.
- Wear comfortable clothing
Depending on the temperature, dressing up or down is one of the most effective ways to stay relaxed in your home throughout the year without spending much money. Do not hesitate to bundle up a little more during the winter while at home or go in the summer and spring for short sleeves and a few shorts.
- Replace your air filter
Make sure to keep an eye on your air filter as you go about cleaning your house. The air filter's purpose is to catch debris such as dust, pollen, and lint, and circulate clean air throughout the heating and cooling system. It helps keep the HVAC in good working order, which is the secret to central air and heating systems that are energy-efficient.
- Lower the temperature on the water heater
The water heater comes in second to the heating and cooling costs inside the building. It unit, together with laundry machines and dishwasher, is responsible for supplying hot water to sinks and showers. A portion of the cost comes from the heater which holds a warm water stored in a tank.
- Balance Electricity use by using appliances strategically
Strategically using your appliances can be very beneficial as it often helps us to be more productive with the things we do. This can be seen in a variety of ways, as it is possible to play everything from the dishwasher to the laundry machines to reduce their costs.
- Save Electricity by Washing clothes in cold water
The washing process involves a lot of clothing and there are several ways to make it more effective when it comes to energy. One of the best ways to do this is to change the water temperature you use when washing your clothes. The water heater uses a huge amount of electricity to provide warm water to your washer. But, by washing your clothes in cold water, this energy use can be mitigated.
- Reduce Heat Waste by Checking doors and windows for leaks
Checking the doors and windows for holes, gaps, and broken seals is absolutely essential. These openings appear in our home over time and can go undetected, having a number of effects on our environment with their most profound contribution to a high electric bill.
- Check that your appliances work properly
Appliances that do not function properly are a drain of energy on your home. Part of keeping them in top condition is to check them and use them regularly. Make sure that all appliances are properly cleaned, repaired and worked on a regular schedule.
- Consider a prepaid electric bill plan
One option not often addressed is the prospect of switching from a long-term contract to a prepaid service plan with an electric company that gives you the option to only pay for the electricity you are using. This can be especially helpful for those who try to reduce their use of electricity or remain within a certain budget, since service is provided only up to the point of payment. Through time, households will be able to track the circumstances of their use and the causes of energy use spikes.
Ready for Your Home Energy Audit?
At Frontline Electrical Services we love helping our customers feel safe and secure in their homes. To have your home’s wiring checked or to receive your free home energy consult and you are in the Benicia, Walnut Creek or Fairfield, California or surrounding areas, contact us today at 800-945-0268 (here is a map to our location) and we’ll have one of our certified specialist analyze your electricity usage and give you the information you need to make sure your home is the most energy-efficient it can be!