There are a few electric repairs and summer time money saving tips that can help lower your electric bill. August can be one of the hottest months of the year and the average home spends hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs, mostly because of air conditioning. You can lower your electric bill and help save the environment by following some of these recommendations. See which of these you can implement and start reaping the rewards of extra savings.
Control Your Thermostat
If your house is like mine, there is a constant war over the thermostat. My daughter is always hot and likes to keep the air on really high. My husband is more conservative and follows behind her and turns it back down. It is suggested that your thermostat should be set to 78 degrees when your home and 80 or more when your away. You are likely to save up to 3 percent per degree over 72 degrees. Many people are installing new digital thermostats to regulate their homes more. There are many different ones on the market that can help control your energy use. Your professional electrician can help with electric repairs and thermostat installations.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a great way to keep the air moving in your home. Many times you can set your thermostat higher and stay comfortable with the use of ceiling fans. Make sure your fan blades are rotating counter clockwise to push air down and maximize air circulation. If you need to install more ceiling fans, call your professional electrician and they can help.
Use Appliances Sparingly
Your microwave is the most energy efficient way to cook. It uses less energy than your stove and it won’t heat up the kitchen. This will help with your cooling bill. Your dryer is also a huge consumer of electricity. You can lower your utility bill by hanging clothes outside on a clothes line. Peak electricity use hours are from 4pm to 6pm. Avoid running appliances during this time especially if an electricity emergency is declared. Turn off appliances, lights, power strips and equipment when not in use. Unplug the spare refrigerator if you have one but don’t really need it. Freezers that are plugged in but not full will be more costly to run too. Consider replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient appliances.
Install a Whole House Fan
If you don’t have an attic fan, consider installing one. A whole house fan can draw cool air into your home through the windows and suck the hot air up and out through the attic vents. These are best used in the evening and early morning and can help reduce your air conditioning use. Your electrician can help you determine if an attic fan would work in your home.
Having your HVAC system checked and maintained will cause it to work better and more efficient. You can save energy with clean filters too. If you have an older a/c unit, you may want to replace it with a newer more energy efficient model. If you plant trees around your a/c unit, it will use about 5% less energy. Leaking ductwork needs to be repaired to save around 25% of your energy bill.
Keeping Up With Electrical Repairs
Whenever you notice a problem with your electricity it is important to get it fixed right away. Repairing things when the problem is first noticed and small, beats waiting and facing larger and more costly repairs later. Electrical repairs and electrical upgrades can also help with your energy and utility bills. Older homes may need electrical repairs to ensure their electric is efficient and economical. Your electrician can help you determine if there are other ways you can save on your electric bill. If you have any questions or need electric repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.