To see a lower electricity bill, you want to check your house for three types of appliances: seasonal, faulty, and forgotten items. Knowing which appliances and equipment fall in what category will inform and save you money, in the near future!
Seasonal appliances and equipment contribute significantly to electric usage. In warmer regions, equipment, such as air conditioning, can run your electric bill up to 60- 70%, in the summer season. Whether, two types of items run on gas or oil, there is a high chance that electricity is being used for circulation. A 2.5 ton Central A/C can use 3500 watts per hour, compared to a ceiling fan running on high for an hour that uses 75 watts.
Faulty appliances can run up the costs by running, at least, twice as hard to operate properly. There’s also forgotten items such as microwaves, TVs, and leaf blowers are just that…often forgotten. For both types of appliances, unplug and switch them ‘off’.
The factors impacting the amount of electricity used are many and so are the tips that cut costs; however, we’ve listed 5 specific things you can do to lower your bill.
- Replace light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.
- Replace AC filters monthly. Dirty air filters cost about seven percent more in energy costs and are the leading cause of air conditioning breakdowns!
- Upgrade your thermostat to one that allows you to set day and night temperatures.
- Insulate your attic. Attics lacking insulation can release up to 40% of a house’s cool air.
- Avoid leaving refrigerator open for long periods of time. It accounts for 7% the appliance’s total energy use.