Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill In 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Whether you rent or own your own home, you definitely want to keep costs of electricity down – especially as the Florida winter months start to kick in and temperatures start to drop, causing heaters to kick in.There are plenty of simple, easy ways to save on your electricity bill that cost almost nothing.

Have you ever wondered what the biggest costs are to electricity in your home?A recent study by the 2010 Buildings Energy Data book listed the following, respectively:

  • Space Heating
  • Water Heating
  • Space Cooling
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Lighting
  • Other
  • Cooking
  • Refrigeration
  • Wet Cleaning

Assess your home in order to determine how energy efficient it is.Check the insulation in your attic, walls, ceilings, floors, and crawl spaces, and also check for any air leaks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets that could cause issues.Make sure that your appliances and heating and cooling systems are properly maintained, and study your family’s lighting needs, as sensors, dimmers, or timers can be added to reduce lighting use.

There are also some active actions you can take to make sure your electricity bill is not high.First, make sure that a programmable thermostat.This allows you to lower your utility bill and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.When you are doing dishes, make sure that you have a full load, and you can also air dry them instead of using the dishwasher’s drying cycle in order to increase efficiency.The same goes for washing full loads of laundry and allowing them to air dry.Make sure that you turn off everything when you leave a room, including lights, TVs, entertainment systems, as well as the computer and monitor.Another idea is to plug home electronics like the TVs and DVD players into power strips – that way it is easy to turn the power strips off when the items are not in use.TVs and DVD players, even when off, are in “stand by” mode unless they are unplugged, and this can use several watts of power.In the bathroom, take shorter showers instead of baths, and invest in low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.You can also lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 F.When buying products, check out the Energy Star label as well.Products that have the Energy Star label, which include everything from light bulbs, to electronics, to other home appliances and products, meet strict efficiency guidelines provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.

Through these tips, it is estimated that you can save up to 25% on your electric bill every year, which is a big deal as the typical US family spends at least $2,000 a year on its home utility bills.Make sure to contact Superior Electrical Contractors in order to see exactly what we can do for you in helping your home run more efficiently for the future!
Superior Electrical 1/5/2012

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