When the temperature rises, power bills seem to do the same. If you are looking for ways to cut energy costs, here are 3 tips that will help you out.
Beware of Vampires
There is a new Vampire in town and you have the power to drive the stake in this on yourself before he sucks you dry. The vampire we are talking about drains energy from your home from unused gadgets, chargers, and appliances being left plugged in.
Most people have no idea how many things in their home that are using energy all day long. Wall chargers still use energy while they remain plugged in whether they are actually charging something or not. Extra tv’s, radios that have clocks or lights, lamps, razors, computers, or anything that you plug in and leave plugged in can be an energy vampire.
Unplugging that you can when not in use will definitely help but sometimes that can be so very inconvenient to constantly have to plug and unplug. Instead, use surge protectors to plug in devices. That way you can just turn off multiple items at once with the flip of a switch.
Check your home for any energy vampires that may be lurking and get rid of them once and for all.
Get With the Program
You may already have one, but if you are not using it properly, then it’s not doing you any good. We’re talking about a programmable thermostat for your air conditioning unit.
When you program your HVAC unit properly, you can save up to 10% per year on your cooling and heating bills. Set the settings higher while you are not at home or at night when it’s cooler outside. This will help save energy and keep your AC unit from having to work as hard.
And if you plan on going away for a few days, program your thermostat to save energy while you’re gone. For every degree that the thermostat is raised during the summer, a homeowner will save 2-3% on the electricity bill!
Programming the thermostat to a higher setting while away will save energy. And you can program it to cool down before you get back home.
Make Sure It’s All Clear
Check your AC filters regularly and make sure they are clear of dust and debris. Changing your air filters on a regular basis takes the stress off of your AC unit and helps it to operate more efficiently.
Also make sure all the air vents in the room are not blocked by anything. Blocked air vents will put added stress on the unit and make it work overtime to cool your home. Make sure they are clear of dust too so that the air will flow properly.
Energy bills keep rising, but implementing energy saving tips and techniques like the three above can really help reduce those bills. Try using these three tips and others to cut down on your next power bill. Good luck and Happy Saving!