Managing your electricity consumption can be a great way to save money. In this article I will show you how you can save up to 50% on your electricity bill. Don’t be afraid, this does not involve freezing in the winter or being boiling hot in the summer. These tips are easy to follow and can be implemented quickly to start saving right away.
First of all, check your ventilation ducts for your heating or cooling units. If there is a leak, this means you might be losing 20% of your energy through those small leaks. This is easy to fix, sometimes all that is needed is a small patch you can do yourself. The size of your heating or cooling units also matter, if you have a 2 ton AC for a small space you could be losing energy compared to a 1.5 ton which is more suited for your space. A good cleaning of your HVAC system can also remove dirt that causes an energy loss.
The proper insulation can save a huge amount of money without costing too much to fix. A bit of silicone around the windows and doors is a quick fix that can save much more than you might think. To save even more cash you can remove moldings and add spray foam insulation around openings. Adding more insulation in your attic can also save on your energy consumption during both winter and summer.
Change those old light bulbs to led technology, for every light bulb you change you will save an average of 30 dollars per year. The average price of these light bulbs is around $2.50 each making the switch a smart choice.
Using blinds to control the amount of sunlight that enters your house is a good idea. When it’s hot outside blinds produce shade that cools down your house, during the colder months you can open the blinds during the day to warm your space with the natural energy of the sun, and during the night lower your blinds to insulate against the cold.
Fans can also be an alternative to air conditioning, instead of just using air conditioning combine it with fans, doing so you can reduce your AC by 50% without you even noticing the difference.
Check for old wires on appliances and electronics, old wires are dangerous, they create more resistance increasing your electricity consumption. Replacing these appliances is sometimes expensive, but cheaper and safer in the long run.
Most modern electronics such as your TV or computer have a sleep mode, this mode eats up more energy than you think, by using power bars with an on and off setting you can completely shut down these devices, this can save you an average of 10% per year.
And the last thing you can do is shop around for the best deal on electricity. You might be surprised at how much you can save by shopping online for better prices on electricity.