Five Secrets to A Lower Power Bill
You don’t have to sacrifice comfort to save get a lower power bill. Here are a few smart ways to reduce your energy consumption and lower your power bill this winter.
Install a Smart Thermostat
If you don’t already have one you need to get one. A programmable thermostat saves energy because it only comes on during the times you have set. During the weekdays when everyone is at work or school, you can set it to a lower temperature and turn it back on 30 minutes before everyone arrives home in the evening. An HVAC professional can install one in under an hour and they are simple and easy to use.
That is plenty of time to warm the house up and you save money because it hasn’t been running while the home is empty. You could set it at 60 during the day, and set it to raise the temperature to 72 by dinner time. It has customizable settings so you can set times for day/night, and evening and weekends.
Change Your Bulbs
Next, you need to change your light bulbs to CFL or LED. They use a lot less energy and last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs. They can get a bit expensive when buying in bulk, but put one of these bulbs in every room and you’ll be shocked when you see your next power bill.
Use Appliance During Non-Peak Hours
The best time to use your washer/dryer or run your dishwasher is after 8 pm. Why? Because most of the energy used is consumed before this time and 8 pm is considered off-peak time. This is typically when things are slower and cost less to run when there’s no congestion on the grid. Fill up your dishwasher during the day and run it at night after dinner for clean dishes and a cheaper electricity bill. If you’re not sure about off-peak hours where you live, call your power company and ask.
Seal Gaps in Doors and Windows
Air leaks around the bottom of doors and the edges of windows can let precious heat escape and use more energy to maintain the temperature of the room. If the furnace can’t regulate the room temperature it will keep turning on and off more frequently, which means it is being used more and will cost more this month. Roll up a towel and place at the bottom of doors to seal out leaks. Window caulking can seal leaks out around frame and edges. Replace weather stripping if worn or damaged.
Replace Your HVAC Filters
Every 1 - 3 months you should replace your HVAC filters. It depends on how dirty they get but you can expect to change them at least that often. You can also vacuum the vents and covers to keep dirt and debris from building up and causing your system to work harder to keep you warm.