These days, utility bills continue getting uglier and uglier by the month. The prices on electricity consumption just keeps getting higher and higher, and it seems unstoppable. Now that kids are going to start coming back to school, every penny that you can save counts.
Here are 4 simple tips on how you can cut down your electric bills to save some money for your kids’ schooling.
Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
This is probably the most obvious solution, yet most people tend to forget or completely ignore it. Simple things such as turning off the TV when no one is watching it can help reduce your electric consumption. Turn off your computers completely when not in use. Sleep mode still consumes energy.
Turn off the lights when you leave the room, especially if you are still using the old incandescent light bulbs. Additionally, try investing on LED lights. They may be a bit more expensive than others, but they will cut off a huge chunk from your electric consumption. Make sure that everyone in your house makes it a habit to turn off the lights in the room when they are done using them.
Unplug appliances and other gadgets.
This what we call the vampire drain. It is when your appliances still draw power even when they are turned off, but still plugged in. This often happens with televisions and stereo equipment. Unplug these appliances, especially if you barely use them.
Try to recharge your gadgets a couple of hours before bedtime. Most people would usually plug in their gadget to recharge its power just before they go to bed. Then they would usually fall asleep, leaving their gadget plugged in overnight.
Reduce the use of heat.
Avoid using the heat setting on your washing machines whenever possible. This practice is probably one of the ways that take the least effort. Avoid using high temperature water when doing your laundry. Line dry your clothes if you can. Avoid using the drier.
Dishwashers also use heating. Wash your dishes with your hands if you can, or just disable the heated dry setting on your machines. Replace electric kettles by boiling water on the stove.
Get a regular maintenance.
It is important to have your appliances checked by professionals regularly. These appliances, especially the ones that have cooling and/or heating system, must be checked and cleaned. Regular maintenance will help these appliances run at peak efficiency.
Whether it’s an air conditioning or your heating unit at home, these appliances account for a huge chunk of the price of your electric bill. Well-tuned appliances will keep its system working efficiently, avoiding the use of unnecessary electrical energy.
For your cooling and heating repair and maintenance needs, call your friendly neighborhood air conditioning company today.
Written by the staff of Controlled Aire Heating and Cooling in Moberly, MO.