Thursday, September 10, 2009

Easy Ways You Can Cut Your Energy Costs

When you were a kid and you would leave a light on after leaving a room you never quite understood why your parents would get so bent out of shape and sternly remind you to turn the lights off. Then you became an adult and began paying your own electric bill and you started to realize what your parents were freaking out about. Especially during the summer months when you are running the air conditioner as salvation from the heat and humidity or during the Christmas season when all you want to do is have a bright and brilliant Christmas display without losing your shirt to the electric company come January. Below we have compiled a few tips on how to help lower your energy costs.

- Try and use energy sucking appliances like the washer and dryer or your dishwasher during OFF PEAK hours or call your electric company and see about getting on a time of use plan.
- When using your dryer try using No Heat Dry as often as possible.
- Keep your fridge full. The fuller the fridge the less empty space you are keeping cold.
- Call us and take advantage of our FREE estimate on having a 220v line installed in your house. Most houses have a standard 100v line which is not sufficient for running things like window unit air conditioners.
- Install ceiling fans in your most used rooms in your house. Having ceiling fans in high traffic rooms will cut down on the use of air conditioners especially at night. Call us in the office to help you figure out the most cost effective way to have them installed.
- Place two or three DRY hand towels into a load of WET laundry. This will help cut your drying time in half!
- Set your thermostat back at night during both warm and cold months. Just moving it down by two or three degrees while you sleep can make a huge difference on your energy bills.
- Look into having a programmable thermostat installed, this can reduce heat and a/c usage when you are at work and automatically set it to turn itself down while you sleep.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with the more energy efficient CFL (Compact Fluorescent) bulbs which use 75% less energy than standard bulbs. Don’t be fooled by things that say Long Lasting as they still cost more to use.
- Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees. This can help a lot more than you think it will. Also check and see if your hot water heater has an “away” setting for times when you will be away from your home like long weekends away or vacations.
- Make sure to clean out or replace your furnace filter before you start to use it and replace it every 30 days. Also make sure your air conditioners are clean and dirt and lint free in the summer.
- Whenever you can try purchasing Energy Star appliances – these will help cut down on energy costs incurred by appliances you can’t unplug, like your refrigerator or stove.
- Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them. Make it easy on yourself by plugging them all into a surge protector and shutting off and unplugging that.
- Install a low flow shower head – you will be surprised how little you notice the difference except when it comes to your electric bill.
- Install an energy saver in your home – these can help reduce your energy costs by as much as 5+%. Call today and schedule an appt for a free estimate to see if this is something that would work for you!

Don’t expect to see instantaneous results but by training yourself to change a few of your energy using habits in time you are sure to notice your savings.

If you have any other questions about reducing your energy cost feel free to contact us in the office and we can schedule a time for someone to sit down with you and go over what you can do to help save you money!

By: Tracy L. @ Generation 3 Electric

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