Every month we get our utility bill in the mail and during the summer months we just cringe at the idea of how much energy we have used (kWh) and how much we have to pay ($). We wish there was some magic wand to make this bill just go away, but we have no choice. We need electricity to power everything we use. We want our home to be a comfortable temperature and lower our bills so how do we do that? An Energy Efficiency Audit will diagnose your home to see how well it breaths and what solutions can be implemented to ultimately give you the comfortable healthy clean home environment that is efficient and saves you money.
Technology has brought us to the age of electronics galore. Not only are the kids wanting the latest game system or asking for a laptop, so are the adults. We all are waiting to see what comes out next and how we can own a piece of it. Well, it all comes with a price. Most of us price shop for this new device to get the lowest price to save money however, we do not really think about the ongoing cost to run it. So, what do we do? We change our behavioral patterns by turning them off when not in use to minimize energy consumption.
There are many new devices out on the market that you can use to determine how much power the game system or computer or fish tank pump is using. One such device is called the Kill-A-Watt® meter. This easy to use electricity usage monitor will show the operating costs of your household appliances, calculate the cost by hour, day, week, month, and year. There are also electricity monitoring power strips that will do the same thing, but with built-in surge protection. Go one step further and purchase a smart strip that turns off selected equipment when not in use. This reduces your phantom power, also known as standby power or vampire power, which is the electric power a device is using while switched off or in standby mode. This knowledge gives you the control to make changes to reduce your carbon footprint and a portion of your baseload energy consumption. Take a look at our Top 10 Typical High Baseload Uses, as well as the following tips to lower your utility bill.
Ways to Reduce Your Utility Bill
Preheat oven only when the recipe specifically calls to do so.
Invest in an oven thermometer for accurate temperature.
Keep your oven door closed when cooking. Each time you open the door, the temperature within can drop 25 degrees or more. Use an oven light whenever possible.
Use energy-efficient lighting throughout your home. We recommend replacing incandescent light bulbs that are used for one hour or more a day with an ENERGY STAR rated CFL or LED. Both CFLs and LEDs use 75% less energy and last 10 times and 25 times longer, respectively. The payback is worth the switch!
Utilize natural light! Crack open the blinds for light throughout the day. However, be aware of the solar heat gain through the windows during the hot months.
To keep cool, turn on your ceiling fan instead of turning down the thermostat.
Air-dry your laundry. Approximately 5.8% of residential electricity use goes toward mechanical clothes drying, according to Department of Energy statistics. Think about investing in a clothes line.
Use power strips for all appliances, except refrigerators, DVR’s, routers and alarm clocks. Turn the power switch off when the items are not in use. This will help reduce your phantom loads.