There’s no fun in getting a huge electric bill when the temperature dips. It can be frustrating, especially if you’re unsure how to cut costs. ASI’s White Gove Guys put together some top tips to lower electric bills this fall and winter.
Open Curtains During the Day
Opening your curtains during daylight hours allows natural sunlight to radiate into your home, warming it up without raising energy costs. Make the most of the sunshine by opening your curtains between 9am and 3pm when sunlight is strongest and most direct.
However, remember that heat escapes through windows too. So don’t forget to close the curtains at night to retain the warmth and avoid chilly drafts.
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat works by learning your habits. It uses this information to know when you are home or out of the house. The device then automatically adjusts the temperature, saving energy.
What’s more, you can control your smart thermostat from anywhere using an app on your phone—no more leaving the heating on all day because you forgot to turn it off!
Run Your Appliances During Off-Peak Hours
The best time to run your dryer, clothes washer, and dishwasher is late at night or very early in the morning. Why? There’s less demand for electricity at these times, meaning electric companies charge lower rates.
Cover Hardwood or Concrete Floors with Rugs
Having a rug in the room reduces the amount of heat loss from your flooring. Rugs help insulate the floor and reduce the amount of hot air escaping through the gaps between the boards.
Rugs also create a softer surface for walking on, keeping your feet warm and toasty. And let’s not forget that rugs also add style and color to your home.
Get Cozy and Dress for the Season
Layering clothing is an easy way to stay warm and comfortable during the winter months. Choose a base layer of synthetic fibers, such as polyester or nylon. These materials wick moisture away from your skin and dry quickly after getting wet. Finish off with a snuggly sweater – perfect for colder nights.
Change Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter is one of the easiest ways to save money on your heating bill. A clogged filter can cause your furnace to work harder, causing it to use more energy and costing you money. Changing your filter also improves the quality of the air in your home.
Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
A furnace is one of the most important appliances in your home. A properly maintained furnace will provide you with years of reliable heating. Scheduling regular furnace maintenance saves money and keeps your family comfortable all winter.
Switch off Anything Electrical you Aren’t Using
Appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers, televisions, and VCRs come with a standby mode (also known as “vampire” mode). When these items are plugged into outlets but not turned on, they still use electricity. Save on electric bills by simply unplugging devices when not using them.
Seal Air Gaps in Windows and Around Pipes Coming into Your Home
Sealing air gaps is a simple way to save money on your electric bill. Air leaks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and plumbing pipes can cause energy waste throughout your home.
Switch from Hot to Cold Water for Laundry
Altering the settings on your washing machine is an easy way to save. It takes less energy to heat cold water than hot water — the less time the heater runs, the less money it costs.
The temperature of your wash cycle doesn’t affect how clean your clothes come out — only how much detergent and softener are needed to do the job. So, if you use cold water, your clothes will be as clean as if washed in hot water.
Check Your Water Heater is on the Right Setting
By adjusting the temperature of your water heater, you can save money on your utility bill. You can also consider turning off your water heater if you go away for an extended period.
Don’t feel the cold in San Diego this winter. Give our HVAC experts a call for more information about saving money on your heating costs.