As we continue to spend more time at home, some of us are seeing our electricity bills rise alongside our stress. Don’t worry. Here are four ways you can lower your electricity bill and become more energy efficient at the same time.
Installing a programmable thermostat is an easy way to lower your energy usage and save money at the same time. Being able to pick and choose the temperature in your house depending on whether or not you are in the house helps you stay comfortable and cost-efficient. Scheduling can be made easier with a compatible app on your mobile phone, which connects to the thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature anywhere and at any time. Not only are they convenient and easy to use, but they are also environmentally friendly. They allow you to be more energy conscious and efficient as you time your temperatures to your day-to-day routine. Once you get it programs, it’s good to go!
Replace Your Air Filter
Over time, your AC’s air filter will fill up with dirt, dust and debris, making it harder for your unit to cool your home. Replacing the filter frequently, about every 2-3 months, not only will your help your health and home’s air quality, but it will also lower your electricity bill. By cleaning and replacing your air filter, you save your AC from working twice as hard and wasting energy trying to cool your home.
A big factor in helping your home be more energy efficient is to make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed. This keeps the cold air in and the warm air out. Not sealing your doors and windows can waste lots of energy and money, making you and your AC work harder. Also, make sure that your freezer and refrigerator doors are tightly sealed to keep the cool air where it needs to be.
Another easy tip is to start washing your laundry in cold water rather than hot. This will lower the amount of electricity your washer uses in order to heat up the water – and will make it easier for it to do its job. You will see a significant drop in your utility bill by making this change, which you can even apply to showering, if you can withstand it.
Saving energy and money sounds hard, but it can be made easy with these simple steps. If you need guidance in becoming more energy-efficient, call Gulf Coast Electric to speak to the Destin electric company homeowners count on.